“Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.” And again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise; he knows they are worthless.” 1 Corinthians 3:18-20
Some church members believe that you can run a church the same way that you run a business. This does not mean that we should not follow good business principles. There is wisdom of the world that works for business, but not for the church. The world depends on promotion, prestige, and the influence of money and important people. The church depends on prayer, the power of the Holy Spirit, humility, sacrifice and service. The church that uses the wisdom of the world to grow may be great for a season, but it will not last. It will not face the judgement of Jesus Christ.
The early church of Acts had none of the secrets of success that seem so important today. They owned no property; they had no influence in government; they had no treasury. Their leaders were ordinary men without special education in the accepted schools. They had no attendance contest. They brought in no celebrities, yet they turned the world upside down. God has the right plan for the church and we need to follow God’s plan. “The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.” (Acts 9:31) This scripture in Acts gives us a place to start God’s plan for the church. We need to have the fear of the Lord and we need to listen to the Holy Spirit’s direction. “Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.” (Matthew 16:18) God will build His church if we just get out of the way and let Him lead.