Christians have too low a view of Jesus. He is the Creator of everything and became a man. He is ever-present and all powerful. Yet few of us believe that Jesus can lead a church service all by Himself. If the risen Jesus isn’t the play caller, Christianity can feel like a game or a show.
I see Jesus knocking on the doors of churches and individuals pleading, “Let Me come in and take over.” I can’t be silent about it. Most churches and individual Christians claim that we let Jesus in, but we do it on our terms instead of His terms of unconditional surrender. Church often seems like fire prevention — keeping spiritual sparks to a minimum and never letting them interfere with a pastor’s control.
If a king could live inside all of his subjects, he’d have no need for an organizational chart. One king does that — Jesus Christ. Free and open-hearted expressions of love for Jesus will revitalize a church service and make it come alive.
The physical distance between you and God is zero. “In Him we live and move and have our being.” The distance between your heart and His, that’s another story.
When you’re being fed something that’s feeding and stirring your soul, you don’t watch the time. History shows that somebody needs to walk on the water with Jesus, so Christians don’t stay stuck in the boat of tradition. Step out in your congregation. If the pastor’s unwilling to make spiritual waves in church, somebody in the congregation (with humility, tenderness, and persistence) needs to stir up the gifts of God.
Numbers don’t count when Christians meet to experience the presence of Jesus. Church should be about encountering Jesus, not about counting the attendees.
Religion is convenient like a thermos. It can hold the warmth of God when we want it and keep it out when we don’t. Christians, “Let us approach God’s throne of grace,” not just hear a sermon about it. Come on, y’all, dare to do it. Hebrews 4:16.
Right or Left, our ideas and anger aren’t working. We need the living God to show us the way to well-being. Now is the time to stir up God’s inner fire with spiritual desire and make some Spirit-led waves.
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By letting one man explain How to maintain The status quo Church tends to train People to contain Their love for Jesus. Fast-faith, Every moment Scheduled, Quickly in And quickly out. Duty done, Then we can be about What we really want to do. There's got to be more To attending church Than religious status, Status quo, And a sweet show. We can sit in the boat, Do church by rote, And gently float With religious tradition, Or daily follow Jesus Out on the water And make some Spirit-led waves. Let Jesus clearly show In and through your life. Let His presence in you grow So that everyone will know (Including your foe) That you're carrying Him And He's leading you From within. Don't just sit On these hot thoughs And let them burn In your head. Share them! Do them!