Demonstrations of Jesus’ love are far more effective than sermons about it. People in alcohol and drug recovery learn to “Let go and let God.” Why don’t pastors let go and let Jesus peddle?
Revival happens when Jesus takes control of Christian gatherings. When people take it back, revival fades away. Too many pastors hold on and block God! It’s time to let go and let God.
When church meets like a chain of command under the control of a human leader there’s no room for the living Jesus to take charge. When Christians gather to worship like a bicycle wheel with each spoke (person) directly connected to the risen Jesus, He steers them into His presence and glory and God’s Spirit rolls on!
Churches are so addicted to human control that they almost never give Christ-control a chance. God’s Spirit is too often pushed away by human organization and religious control. Church seems to me to be like people playing “keep away” — keeping control of the meeting away from the risen Jesus. When someone other than the living Jesus has control of a church, the people will miss out on the glory of seeing Christ personally lead His body.
Church needs to be about releasing daily doers of the word, not about holding on to Sunday hearers. It’s time for sermon-hearing church attendees to become Jesus-obeying Christ-followers. Make the shift today!
Every true Christian has a direct relationship with the risen Jesus that no one should ever come between! No one has a right to control a meeting that’s been dedicated to Christ. Let’s take our hands off and let Jesus take charge. Any Christian leader who uses manipulation or coercion has stepped out of the will of God.
Pastors need to train and release people to go and freely follow the living Jesus, not hold on to and control them. Here’s great sermon idea! Read the Bible verses about the boy Samuel hearing God’s voice. Then have the congregation listen to God and share what He tells them.
Jesus calls us to submit to His authority and to turn away from the domination of our own desires. Every Christian can graduate from being a spectator and begin to experience the book of Acts stuff every day. Search: The Joy of Early Christianity book. Here’s an example:
I was a counselor and chaplain in an alcohol and drug rehab for 5 1/2 years. Men would tell me stories about the evil that they had done, and I would be shocked and appalled at the things I heard. Then I would be equally shocked by the kindness, mercy, and compassion that rose up in me and flowed out as I prayed for them and often wept with them. Afterwards, those same men treated me with such respect and kindness that I was in awe at how God changed their attitude.
Let Jesus lift
Your heart on high
Like a balloon
Rising in the sky.
You don’t have to try
Or work hard to fly.
Just nurture the gift
Of Christ in you.