Micro-managing can happen anywhere and in any setting. It happens at work when your boss gives you a project or an assignment to complete. Then they come around to check on you and begin to tell you how to do the task they gave you to do. I found that to be quite frustrating in the work place. I dealt with it by listening the boss and then doing it my way. I got the job done and most of the time more efficiently than the way the boss wanted to micro-manage me to do it.
I don't know if you realize it or not but micro-managing has made its way into the organized church. The structure we see in what passes for church these days is certainly foreign to the New Testament Church.
Today, many pastors or board members want to control - even micro-manage what goes on in the services. They appear to give no thought to what the Holy Spirit desires to do. Frankly, the institutional church today is in a sad state.
While the New Testament Christians were participants, today's congregations have been lulled into being nothing more than spectators. Sadly, those in the congregation have come to not only expect this but most like it this way. It takes the responsibility off of them.
We wonder why we don't see today's church having the impact the early church had. Too often God is not given freedom and liberty to do what He desires. Christians have stunted growth because they are not given opportunities the early church had to be involved in the services - to ask questions, to give their thoughts. In essence they are not permitted to participate - only to watch while the pastor or a select few control all that goes on.
Let's break free and enjoy the liberty God has given us! Let's be "doers of the Word, not hearers only". Let's not be mere spectators. Let's get involved!
Until next time...enjoy the journey!
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