Buildings are important. Furnishings are of great consequents. Stained glass is elegant. Sound systems are valuable. Musical instruments are imperative. All these things and a host of others are designed as aids to our corporate worship. It is my conviction that we should have the very best of all these things. Yes, we could worship without them. They did in the days when the New Testament was being written. But it is still true that items like those just mentioned enhance our worship services. It is the blessing of God that we have them available to us.
As important as all our aids to worship are to us, I believe there is another matter of all surpassing importance. It is something of such magnitude that all else pales by comparison. It is priority one. What am I referring to? I am thinking of the great task given to the church of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Nothing is as important as this task. People are lost. Countless thousands of people have never trusted Jesus Christ as their personal savior. During the time we spend at church on Sunday morning there will be people in our community, our state, our nation and around the world who will die. Many will go out into a Christless eternity.
Jesus died that men, women, boys and girls might be saved and might spend eternity in His joyous, blissful presence. The Bible says that Jesus came to this earth to seek and to save the lost. He has saved you and me. Thank God for our salvation! He has also given us the privilege and responsibility of telling others of His life and death in their behalf. This is priority one for every church and every individual Christian.
Let's have the very best that we can reasonably afford in terms of material things. But let us never forget that our primary task is a spiritual one. It is a ministry of reaching those who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us see to it that we spend the majority of our time, our money and our effort on priority one.
Yours for reaching the lost,