When the Crystal Palace opened its exhibit in London in 1851, over 6 million people flocked to see the great marvels of the new industrial age. One of those marvels at that period in time was steam. There were plenty of steam inventions for the public to see: steam plows, looms, organs, etc. But the first-place prize winner was a steam invention with 7000 moving parts. When the machine was turned on, its pulleys, wheels, gears, bells and whistles made a lot of noise. Ironically, the machine didn’t do anything else. It just made noise.
It’s easy to confuse activity with accomplishment. We can be tricked into thinking something is important because it makes a lot of noise. Churches are filled with such – lots of activity but in the end, the question needing to be asked is what is being accomplished? Yesterday over 30 folks gathered for a discussion and brain-storming session about the future of HBC. We don’t want to be a machine that doesn’t serve any purpose. We want to be a church that encourages people to love God and to love others. Everything we do must point back to that.
We’re not competing to win first prize. We just want to be found faithful to our Savior. What are we doing here? We’re seeking to be faithful in using our resources for God’s glory in making and maturing disciples for Jesus Christ. It will be exciting to see how and where God takes us in the years to come