Ezekiel 36,37; Psalms 110; Revelation 19
“So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone …” (Ezekiel 37:7-8)
Ezekiel later gives us the missing piece that if we ignore it, we have form without function. Here it is: “I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life …” (Ezekiel 37:14). Ezekiel prophesied, and the bones all got connected and came together. But that was not yet adequate. They got joined and connected, but there would still be another step required. Life had to enter the bones. Without breath, there was nothing but a skeleton.
The same is true in a church, organization, or institution. There can be programs, but the presence of programs will never ensure the presence of life. For example:
- Having a great program for small groups does not ensure that there is a true sense of community.
- Having a men’s group doesn’t mean that men are growing in Christ.
- Having an adequate number of ushers does not guarantee that a culture of servanthood is developing.
- Holding weekly services does not promise that people are maturing in their families and broken relationships are being resolved.
Well-designed and organized programs are great, but they must produce life as a result. Otherwise, they are connected bones, but that’s all! We must make sure the things we do result in life and bring breath to a soul.
Father, what a great reminder for me today. Thank You for our leaders and excellent programs, but may our efforts produce life and fruit in each individual person. Help us to do life on life … and not just programs upon programs. Remind us to connect everything we do to a soul.