In his book, Harvest of Humility, John Seamands told of a wounded German soldier who was ordered to go to the military hospital for treatment. When he arrived at the large and imposing building, he saw two doors, one marked “For the slightly wounded” and the other, “For the seriously wounded.”
He entered the first door and soon found two more, one marked “For officers,” and the other marked “For non-officers.”
He entered through the latter and was suddenly faced with two more doors, marked “Party members” and “Non-party members.”
He took the second, and then found himself standing back on the street. When the soldier returned home his mother asked him, “How did you get along at the hospital?”
“Well, Mother,” he replied, “to be honest, the people there didn’t do anything for me, but they have tremendous organization!”
That is a picture of many modern churches. The people are busy, and things are well-organized. Things run well. But lives aren’t being changed. The church has just one product: changed lives. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter how organized we are.