*This was inspired by the message Craig Groeschel presented at Willow Creek’s Leadership Summit.
We often hear people say “man, that church really has it!” Or maybe even more often we hear people say “wow, that church definitely does not have it.” Or you’re around a person who just lights up when they talk about what Christ has done in their life…they really have it. But what is “IT?” We don’t know.
IT is without a doubt related to the presence of the Spirit of God, but like Craig said…to say that a church doesnt have the spirit of God among a body of believers…thats just insulting to God. So while we don’t exactly know what IT is made of, we do know that we want IT. Here’s a few things that Craig said:
- God makes IT happen.
- We can’t create/reproduce IT.
- IT is for the glory of God.
- One person probably wont bring IT, but one person can definitely kill IT.
- IT will draw people to you/the church, but IT also attracts skeptical critics.
- Just because you have IT, doesnt mean you will always have It.
Craig hit on four qualities that are present when IT is there:
1. They have a lazer focus
(what am i the very best at that i can focus on?)
2. They see opportunities when others see obstacles
(what is God trying to show me through my biggest limitation?)
3. They are willing to fail
(what has God called you to do that you are too afraid to do? What is taking you so long?)
(failure doesnt necessarily mean that God isnt there. Sometimes it takes failure to see that God IS there.)
4. Organizations who have IT are led by those who have IT.
(you MUST have it. do you have it? what are you going to do to get it?)
Craig’s message was powerful. Point number four is what hit me the hardest, and Craig spent a lot of time on the importance of having IT.
Whatever IT is, it’s most definitely contagious. It is this attraction to Christ and the gospel that people get when they are around you. You are so filled with it that you just can’t help but talk about how God has changed your life. IT is deeply important to you. IT defines who you are. And IT is what attracts people to you, your ministry, your church. We can’t mistake flashing lights, flat panel TV’s, attractive speakers, or catchy sermon titles for having IT. IT is something that is deep within you that floods out of you because it is simply uncontainable. At the end of the message, Craig asked us if we had IT and if not, what were we going to do to get IT? He prayed that we would not sleep until we got it.
The message was challenging and refreshing. I remember the summer that God transformed my life and I couldnt talk about anymore more exciting. Where has that passion gone? IT is a transformational force that I so desperately long for. IT is a passion and a deep love for my Savior and Redeemer. I so desire to have IT again. I am relentlessly pursuing to find IT again…and i will not stop until i do. So I ask you the same thing…
Do you have IT? And if not, what are you going to do to get it?