Tuesday, March 17, 2015

DEVOTED CHURCH

A favorite verse of mine is Acts 2:42 that shows the church was devoted to the Apostles' teaching, to fellowship, to breaking of bread, and to prayer. That devotion is important for the church in every age. 
Someone said to me recently that the church is where the troubled are comforted, and where the comfortable are troubled. One preacher said the job of the preacher is two-fold: comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable. 

What I have on my heart makes me want to cry. Jesus asked if when He returned will He find faith on the earth, Lk 18:8. He pondered that question after showing in a parable that faith is vigilant and always seeking God. When Christians can't be encouraged to read their Bibles and when their prayers have no passion, it's apparent that Jesus was right to be concerned.

Complacency has settled in to churches to the point that we can be near certain that some sitting in the pews are not going to go to heaven. They wear the name but they are absolutely useless in the work that matters most in this life, Titus 1:16. Their love has grown cold. The zeal they showed in the past is all but gone. The way these are acting it's only a matter of time that they wake some Sunday morning and ask themselves "why continue this charade?" And they will simply fade away.

I heard someone say, actually it's been repeated to me several times, that 10% of the church does 90% of the work. It's true. Pass a volunteer sheet around and you see the same names. The rest are too busy building their bigger barns so they can sit back in the future to eat, drink, and be merry. It's downright foolish! It's like the words of Christ that "the greatest among you will be the servant of all" bounced right off of them.

Jesus sends the message to repent quickly to these double-minded, milquetoast, fickled, weak, fence sitting, and lukewarm brothers and sisters who have become WAY too friendly with the world. He says, "I will spew you out of my mouth", and "‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 ‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. 3 ‘So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you."

My heart is heavy to write these words because people I love are not ready to meet Jesus.

"If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me."

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