“No one will ask you how long it took to build [the boat]; they will only ask who built it.”Brown, Daniel James The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (p. 43).
The church is people, but it is the work of Jesus Christ. We can, using our own creativity, ingenuity and skills build an organization that thrives and even by some standards is successful.
But the church, with all of its messiness and mystery, is ultimately the work of Christ. When we submit to the Lord and let him do his work in us and through us, then the church will flourish. It is not about our personalities. It is not about our performance. It is not about our theatrics. People should ask who is building the church–and the answer must be: Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul recognized and affirmed this: What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building (1 Corinthians 3:5-9).