I was talking to someone yesterday about the heavily charged atmosphere of these current times, especially when you look at what’s happening in the political spectrum. We also talked about how “churches” have changed, how they’ve “let go” and now follow after their own wishes and created doctrines, changing their beliefs based on what the world says is acceptable.
So, in this conversation I said, “I feel like there’s a winnowing going on right now in the church.” The person I was talking to felt the same way. This is where the chaff and the grain gets separated. The divide between those who truly stand for Christ and those who only think they do is growing larger and more obvious.
Jesus said you’ll know His people by His fruit. But it seems that the church has been so diluted in the world’s ways and philosophies that they have no idea what that means or what His fruit is supposed to look like, therefore they cannot make good sound judgments on whose fruit looks like what, least of all their own. Why is that?
Because they go to church.
Well, you may be asking, isn’t that what you’re supposed to do? No, actually, it’s not. See, if you study out the word for “church” in the Greek, it’s the word ekklesia and it means “called out from.” It’s speaking about us. WE’VE been called out. Called out of darkness into light, from death to life, from the world system to God’s kingdom, from sinners to saints, from old creatures to new. Church is not a building, it’s not somewhere you GO, it’s who you ARE.
You’re not supposed to go to church, you’re supposed to BE the church.
Living stones in the temple of God. A walking sanctuary. Carriers of God’s presence. As the Church, you are supposed to be a meeting place where people can come face to face with Jesus. We are supposed to be imitators of God. Ministers of reconciliation. What is the Great Commission? For us to go out and do all that Jesus did, to introduce people to Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit.
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 18:18-20) And if you read the Gospel of Mark, it says exactly what it is we’re supposed to do as His church (Mark 16:15-20).
It’s so much more than what people think it is or experience it to be. And they are missing out on a truth that could not only change their lives, but the lives of countless others that need Jesus so desperately. But that means sacrificing the flesh and all the things that people think they love and need in their lives and that they’d be “missing out.”
Really? How sad that the gospel has been so watered down and diluted that it’s only about keeping people out of hell. You know what it’s really about? Getting heaven into you!
But let me ask you: isn’t He worth the sacrifice?
I hear “Christians” complain all the time about the state of the world and how awful it is….and we the church are supposed to be the change. We’ve been given the kingdom of Heaven itself and most don’t even know it.
Who will you be?
A church-goer? Or the Church itself?
“Is what you’re living for worth Christ dying for?” Leonard Ravenhill