When our schedule reveals our true theology.

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We are quick to remember Matt.16:18 and declare, “Jesus will build His church.”, but we act like it’s entirely up to us. Our schedule reveals our true theology.

How will we see Jesus build His church if we never give Him any time to do so? You can get a lot done in a 50 to 60 hour workweek. In fact, you can get too much done. You can get so much done that the health and growth of your church can easily be attributed to your own efforts and hard work rather than the supernatural provision and intervention of the Jesus who wants to build His church.

Jesus: “Hi, would you mind if I came in and built my church?”

Pastor: “I appreciate that Jesus, but I’ve got it covered.”

The pastor who refuses to work 50 to 60 hours a week is saying something about their belief system. They are saying by their actions that they believe Jesus can build His church without them. They believe Jesus wants them to partner with Him but Jesus doesn’t need them to partner with Him.

When you refuse to violate your days off, you are saying “I believe Jesus can build His church without me.” When you put something off until tomorrow because your family is waiting for you at home for dinner, you are saying “I believe Jesus can build His church without me.” When you take an adequate amount of vacation time, you are saying “I believe Jesus can build His church without me.” When you decide to screen your calls after hours and on your day off and only return calls when they are a genuine emergency, you are saying “I believe Jesus can build His church without me.” When you say “no” to the person in your church who is pressuring you to do more, you are saying “I believe Jesus can build His church without me.” When you decide not to be away from your family more than two nights a week, you are saying “I believe Jesus can build His church without me.”

Do you really believe that Jesus can build His church without you?