In a world apparently hungry for entertainment, distraction, glitz, glamor, and noise, we reserve the real hunger—our deepest hunger—for authenticity. The fame of celebrities is fleeting. They amuse us and fascinate us but our hearts yearn for something deeper.
Ironically, the church often yields to the celebrity-driven culture. We seek to compete with the “wow-factor”, oblivious to the reality that what we most desire is not a wow but a way—the Way.
We’ve apologized for simplicity and downplayed our traditions. We’ve spent large budgets on cameras and lights, to get action. If only we could package the message with greater creativity—more sizzle, razzle, and dazzle. If we build it they will come.
Church planters feel this pressure as much as anyone. Indeed some church-planting models require considerable support and resources before they even launch.
Then we open up Matthew 10 and it wriggles beneath our skin. Jesus prepared to send out His disciples and declared:
9-10 “Don’t think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light.
Jesus looks at His disciples and tells them to drop the props and leave the lights. To paraphrase Him, He declares what all of us need to hear. “You are the message.”
Our lives—raw, honest, authentic, real—are more than enough equipment in the hands of God. We struggle to believe it. But it’s true. And He seeks not our competence but our trust, not our cleverness but our willingness, not our self-confidence but our full-surrender.
The Kingdom of God is in us and among us. You are the message—with lives marked by fear and faith, stress and salvation, pain and hope, grief and love.
So, let’s speak softly, prayerfully, and assuredly today—with our eye on Him. The effectiveness of the message lies far more often in the character of the messenger than the pizzazz of the environment. You are the one through whom Christ wants to speak today. Believe it. Seek it. Yield to it. Trust it.