What will God use to measure whether or not Enjoying God Fellowship is a “successful church?” Will it be how big we get or how many baptisms we have? Is success to be found in the size of the building that we will eventually build (because you can’t be a church without a building evidently)? You could have all of that and be an utter failure in God’s eyes. To be honest, God could care less about all of those things if they define your existence as a church. “I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies” (Amos 5:21). Isaiah writes, “And the Lord said, ‘Because this people draw near me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me'” (Isaiah 29:13). In other words, it does not bring God any joy when His people only look good on the outside, in fact He hates it! It doesn’t take a work of God to draw a crowd or coreograph some elaborate “worship service.” These are not the things that God is after.

David penned Psalm 51 after being confronted by Nathan the prophet concerning his sin with Bathsheba and Uriah. Psalm 51 is the result of a man who sinned greatly against God and expereienced genuine repentance. As the Psalm is drawing to a close we read in verses 16 and 17, “For You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

Broken people are the evidence of God’s mighty hand. Broken hearts are by far a greater miracle than booming crowds. If Enjoying God Fellowship is going to be used by God to do great things, it will only happen if our hearts are broken.