Why The Church Isn’t Relevant - Kris Vallotton

June 26, 2017

Has God ever spoken to you in a moment you weren’t even in prayer? This happened to me earlier this year. I was just getting ready for work and the Lord spoke, from what seemed to be out of nowhere. He said: “Before you think you can, you have to think you should. In other words before you think you can change the world, you must think you should change the world. If you think you’re not supposed to be relevant to the world, you won’t wonder if you can be.”

Believers aren’t impacting the world in the way that we can, or in the way I believe we should be. It sometimes saddens me to see the Church become irrelevant, crippled by the “should nots” and the fear of what others may think. The Scriptures describe men and women of God who took hold of their positions of divine influence to shift the destinies of nations. Their prominence was not for their own benefit, but for the purpose of shaping society toward God’s original intent. They created catalytic cultures that maximized the godly influence of their constituents on the rest of creation. Believers throughout the book of Acts are great examples of noble people who catalyzed culture. They had such deep impacts on their societies that when Paul and his friends arrived in Thessalonica, the people said, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too” (Acts 17:6).

So today I want you to think about this: what places could God be calling you to impact that you haven’t even considered because you put them in the “should not” box? Check out this week’s Monday Motivation video for more:

I’ll say it again—before you think you can change the world, you must think you should change the world! The only reason dark places in society stay dark is because we’re not there to bring the light. Before you can find the full possibility of your impact, you have to ask yourself if it’s okay to be the politician, businessman, actor or whatever it is you’ve been too afraid to go after, or maybe even too afraid to allow your heart to dream of. I want you to know that you have permission; permission to dream big dreams, to go to the dark places and be a shining light, and to impact every realm of society! You don’t only have permission, but a mandate to disciple nations!

Be Salt and Light

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-14)

This week let’s be the kind of salt that hasn’t lost it’s flavor, and let’s let our light shine bright for the world to see. What are the things in your life that you haven’t thought were possible because you didn’t think they should be possible? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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