One of the best movies I have ever seen is called “Simon Birch”. It is a story of a young man who was born with a disability, but he continued throughout the film to talk about how God had a plan for him; How God would use him for something great. Here I need to offer a spoiler alert for those of you who have not seen the film, and would also like to say that it is definitely worth the watch.
The film is about this young man who is searching for his place among the community…no one wants him, not his family, not the teachers, not even the leaders in the church. He is an outcast because he is different, not unlike many of us. Along with this, He continues to tell others that God has a plan for him. Simon and his friend Joe are on a search for Joe’s real father, but the thing that is interesting to me is that this youngster has more faith than many of us could ever imagine.
It reminds me of the scripture in Matthew 17:20 that states, “He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.””
This is the type of faith that Simon had and by the end of the film, his faith allowed him the chance to be the hero that he claimed God had put him here to be. This heroic act took a toll on his small body, but his sacrifice lived on in those that he worked to save.
One of the best lines in the film for me comes in a scene where the pastor of the church is telling him his “place” in the church. Simon responds with, “Faith is not in a floor plan.” I think we need to take that mentality into our churches today and realize that we cannot find faith in the layout of our churches; the “place” that we feel others ought to take in the church, or even the structure that we place into a service.
In order for our faith to be effective in today’s church, we must allow the Spirit of God to do the work that is necessary for us to carry out the plan that God has for our lives and for our churches. We must realize that sometimes our “structure” is actually the very thing that is holding us back from growing in the Lord today.
I ask you today to examine your idea of the church, of the people of the church; take a close look at what you feel God should be doing and then take a step back and allow Him to do what HE feels should be done. Today, we need to realize that our “Floor Plans” for the church may just be the very thing that is holding us back from fully experiencing the Glory of God in our own lives. Trust in him today and allow Him to do the work He deems necessary, you won’t regret that decision.