Relevance is a very big word. It's by far not the longest word in the English vocabulary. But it is big in the sense that everyone is talking about it today. At least a large portion of the church is. Answer this question: Who can relate better than anyone on the planet? The answer is Jesus. By His Holy Spirit He can "connect" with any person right where they are and in whatever condition they are in. He is the ultimate marketing agent! Think about this. The Holy Spirit lives outside the confines of time. As the agent of Jesus the Creator, He owns time! No matter what the culture, the decade, century our millennium...He is relevant.
The Key To Relevance
The key to the relevance of the church is the Holy Spirit. There are a couple of keys to the key:
- The Holy Spirit must be heard.
- The Holy Spirit must be obeyed.
Relevance is a very big word. Relevance is very important. However we need the kind of relevance that only the Holy Spirit can produce. His methods are relevant for any time. We need to love Jesus enough to hear the Spirit's voice. We need to love Jesus enough to obey His voice. I firmly believe what the world will notice is a church that connects. That's what got me! I had major problems. I didn't know I had them until my world fell apart. Some church folks had already started connecting with me before it all happened. I kind of took it with a grain of salt while at the same time I knew they had something I needed. When all collapsed they were the first one's I went looking for! That's when I learned the meaning of relevance - a very, very big word.