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Empty Shelves

By Don Loftis | 02.15.17

In 2003 the citizens of Emerson Green in Bristol England spent over two million pounds (3.2 million dollars) to build a beautiful new library.  The project was completed on time, and the dedication was rapidly approaching.  It was then the local council realized a significant problem.  They had spent the entire budget on the facility, and no books had been ordered.  They had a gorgeous, but empty, library.

This issue is not limited to civic centers.  Families can do the exact same thing.  New houses can be built; schedules can be expanded; private schools can be secured; energy efficient appliances and transportation can be bought.  Yet, without love and core values, all one has is an empty home–a house that is missing its most important items.


I wonder how many churches exist with empty shelves?  They are filled with furniture, art, events, and entertainment.  However, they are missing the presence of Christ for which the church was designed.  The church without Jesus becomes little more than a business or a social club.


We need to remember the words of Paul, “I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection…” (Philippians 3:8-10).



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