Ask any honest politician (assuming you can find one): They’ll agree it is easier to talk about something than it is to get something done.
Similarly, Christians are often seen as being more about talk than action. That's not necessarily an unfair characterization either. We often become distracted from our true mission when we focus on making a point instead of making a difference in people's lives.
Why is that? Well, making a point is easier because:
- You can do it from the comfort of your own MacBook.
- You don’t have to get your hands dirty.
- It doesn’t involve interacting with people who aren’t like you.
- It’s more convenient to re-post a quote via social media than it is to live it out.
- It feels like you’re doing something to further your cause.
That’s why it’s important for leaders to frequently ask, “Is our church about making a point, or making a difference in the community God has called us to serve?” It’s challenging to humbly live the Gospel; it’s much easier to settle for making a point. But we are called to make a difference for the Gospel. Jesus made a lot of points during His ministry, but He did it in the context of making a difference everywhere He went.
Making a difference builds community, while making a point just draws a crowd.
You’ll know you are a difference-making church if lives are impacted, the local community values you, and authentic community is the rule, not the exception, for your people. Sometimes trying to make a point robs us of the opportunity for people to hear about the immense love of Christ and, ultimately, prevents us from making the most impact.
Have you found ways to make a difference in your community? How has that impacted your ability to share the Gospel in places you never dreamed of?