Several days ago we posted the following picture of a rusted-out old bus and asked, What aspects or challenges of the local church might be depicted in this picture? Please be assured — I’m not picking on the local church or trying to be hyper-critical. I thank God for the local church! But there are always ways that we can improve our service for the Lord, especially in the local church. Here are a few of my observations:
No clear destination — Notice that there is nothing in the destination window (the small space above the front windshield) about where the church is going.
Of course there is no driver! This bus is lying dead in a lot. But who ought to be driving this bus?
There are, of course, some serious rust issues! Sometimes we get pretty settled in our ways, don’t we?
This bus is parked — it isn’t going anywhere! The leaders in the local church need to set a vision for the believers. They need to ponder where they have been — and where they are going, by God’s grace!
Of course, there are no passengers. Sometimes we minimize lower attendance numbers. And certainly God cares about the few. But He also cares about the MANY! We should not settle for a few souls, but go out into the highways and byways and compel the masses to come in!
By the way, did you notice that the door is still open? But very few would want to step foot inside this bus. There might be snakes in there! Much work needs to be done to attract others inside.