In Isaiah 56:7 (NIV), we read.
These I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
This sentence is from a paragraph of “Thus says the Lord,” and what that means is that the prophet Isaiah is telling us that these words are the words spoken by the Lord, they are not his words but are His words, the words of the Lord.
For the last several thousands of years, many people have built things based on the needs of the people, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The question we need to ask ourselves is for who are be building things? Is it for the people or Jesus?
If it’s for the people, we need the input of the people, the congregation. We need to ensure we are doing things that are satisfying the congregation, and success can be attributed when we see the size of the congregation grow.
On the other hand, if we are building it for Jesus, then there is only one source of input for our decisions, and we can find them in the bible.
It’s a model that’s quite different from what we are so accustomed too. So much for progress.
In all fairness, if we read Hebrews 13:8 (NIV), we are reminded that.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
So why are we trying so hard to change what Jesus wants?
He kept it very simple for us. Why try to improve on what Jesus knows works? Are we wiser than God?
The question again is, who are we trying to build our churches for, people or God?