The real question…
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Recently, I have been rudely inspired to thoughts by the immense achievements of the Patriarchs and the Apostles. They seem to touch God in no small measure. They did not confuse God’s voice with the quiet whispers of their selfish desires. They did not latch at peace that was pseudo and temporal. They did not say God is in the light when they meant to say God is light. They were not confused men who lived by trial and error but got clarity from visions and revelations.
It was not a thing of arrogance to boldly say, ‘God said…’ In fact, they did not apologize for being His true oracles. Their lives and passion made very tangible from the letters of the Bible! But the God we read of is far from the God we now see. The Jesus we know is not the Jesus we hear of now. We heard of a God who loves sinners but detest sin. The God we now preach seems to condole both. We seem to have lost the distinction between what is sacred and what is profane.
We heard of Jesus who for our sakes became poor so that we might be rich. We heard of a Jesus who had no place to lay his head. The Jesus we know built lives not mansions. He was busy doing the father’s work not running rat race. What happened to the glory that was prevalent in the early church? That was where we saw men who would endure and even enjoy pains and suffering just to see Christ revealed.
What happened to the atmosphere that choke sin and gave no place to deceits? What happened to the hunger for souls and the joy that attended being persecuted for Christ? Where are those words that echo deep passion for the spiritual growth of others…For this cause, I humbly bow my knees…
Indeed, where are men who still pray? Men who are not burdened by the enemies that lurk around their lineage history or their present survival; but men who want the church to be strengthened with power through God’s spirit in their inner man…intercessors and not self-seeking glory hunters. Men who will live for others or rather not live at all. We have been blessed with rhetoric, but my generation seems to know little of the power of the gospel. But then, which gospel did we receive?
In trying to emphasise the power of the resurrection, we have side-lined the place of the cross. I wrote to you once to quiet your lamentations about the state of the church. My words have come to hunt me. ‘The church might seem messed up,’ I said ‘but the body of Christ is still pure.’ The real question is this, Am I part of that body? Are you? Notes to the backslider….The Lord Cometh!
The Post at A Glance!
Summary We heard of Jesus who for our sakes became poor so that we might be rich. We heard of a Jesus who had no place to lay his head. The Jesus we know built lives not mansions. He was busy doing the father’s work not running rat race. What happened to the glory that was prevalent in the early church?
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