(poetic license to portray the Bride of Christ as the virtuous woman)

If your congregation closed its doors tomorrow, would your neighbours be affected in any way?

Proverbs 31:
27 THE CHURCH watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 
28 THE CHILDREN OF THE CHURCH arise and call her blessed; JESUS also, and he praises her: 
29 "Many ORGANIZATIONS do noble things, but THE CHURCH surpasses them all." 
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a CHURCH who fears the LORD is to be praised. 
31 Give THE CHURCH the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. 

Lazy churches are satisfied with minimums. Empty buildings and empty seats are not viewed as a problem. The hoarding of resources and an unwillingness to do extra are the marks of idleness.

Some churches die because they have not reproduced. But even busy, full churches can miss the point. What influence and impact do you have on your surrounding community? Do they know you exist and if so, are you making a difference to them?

A diligent church realizes that the greatest heritage is godly children. We give thanks to God for the hard work and strong character of those who served Jesus ahead of us.

The Church of Jesus is superior to any other organization or group of people when it comes to the potential for noble things. There are many charming and beautiful people to catch your eye, but it’s a real head-turner when church shows respect for the Lord.