Wayne Smith used to tell the story of a small church in Southern Indiana that completed a week of revival services. The church was struggling to get by and had scraped together all the funds they could find just to cover the expenses.
The following week, at the monthly board meeting, a pretty lengthy and heated discussion ensued, followed by a motion to cancel plans for any future revivals since there was only one decision made and it had been a little boy. The motion was seconded and there was a third. Everyone seemed in agreement until one of the board members raised his hand and asked to be recognized.
The man pulled out his checkbook and started to write a check as he began to speak. “Gentlemen,” he began, “I sat there silently and listened to everything everyone had to say before saying anything. And I just want to say I happen to think our recent revival was the greatest revival this church has ever had and because of that, I’m writing a check to reimburse every single expense we incurred. The little boy who made the only decision during the week of revival services was my grandson.”
That godly grandpa measured the success of their efforts not by, “How much will it cost?” but rather by, "Were lives changed?"
Using the same standard of measurement for Crossroads, you’d have to consider this ministry a remarkable success. Why? Because of the thousands of lives impacted and changed every year.
Thank God our people don’t sit around discussing and debating, “How much will this cost?” Rather, from the very beginning and even in the midst of a global pandemic, our people are still saying, “Whatever it takes!”
Thank God our people don’t sit around discussing and debating, “How much will this cost?” Rather, from the very beginning and even in the midst of a global pandemic, our people are still saying, “WHATEVER IT TAKES!”
Once we get to Heaven, no one will be discussing and debating, “Was it worth it?” Instead we’ll be saying, “We could’ve and should’ve done more. We should've invested more, we should’ve attempted more, we should’ve reached more!”
So let’s DO MORE NOW … and keep doing everything we can to reach everyone we can with the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST.
The cost of NOT doing it will always be higher than the cost of DOING IT.
© 2020. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.