I love Batman: The Dark Night Rises. It has to be in my top 5 favorite movies of all time. Not only is it a great movie to watch and be entertained, it also has a few lines in it that are very powerful.
In the scene where Batman and Bane face off (the first time), Batman gets his tail kicked. As Bane is whipping Batman around, he says “Victory has made you weak.” That’s so powerful. If you’ll remember, Batman entered that scene puffed up, over confident and unaware of what he was about to face. He had beaten everything and everyone he’d faced up to this point. And this time, because of his over-confidence, he got his teeth kicked in.
Sometimes in church world, victory without examination and evaluation can make us weak. This isn’t about over examination; this is about understanding. Knowing why something worked is just as powerful as knowing why something did not work.
The event went great, but WHY did it go great?
That staff member is doing a great job. But what are they doing to do a great job?
There’s been an increase in attendance. But why? What are you doing?
If you don’t know why and how then a church or organization can get puffed up thinking they can just do anything or throw anything out there and because their name is on it, it will succeed. This is dangerous, prideful, and sinful.
If something you’re doing has worked or is working, understand why and how. And never forget the power of the Holy Spirit in what you’re doing. It’s probably more about the favor of God than anything else.
Do you have an evaluation system? Do you evaluate things that work as much as the things that didn’t work?
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