When we look for a church community, most of us look for a church that is impressive. We look for impressive parking, impressive buildings, impressive preaching and music, impressive children and youth programs. If I wasn’t a pastor, these would be things I’d tend to look for myself. So I ask myself, “Why do I like a church that seems impressive to me?” I think the answer is simple. I think “impressive = value”. I tend to believe the more impressive something is the more it’s revealing the reality of its value. But is that accurate?
I’m not so sure, especially when I stumble upon Paul the Apostle’s words to the church in Corinth (a church very much invested in what and who was impressive). Paul writes, Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. 1 Cor. 1: 26 – 29
Apparently God cares more about His church being real; owning the reality that we have nothing except Jesus, admitting we really aren’t all that cool, and embracing our “nothingness” so that God can reveal His glory, in His way, in our community and through our community.