Many have been discussing the faults of the church. I think we can all agree that they ARE many, yet what should we be doing about them? One question we have to ask ourselves is what our words are accomplishing. I fear that sometimes we come dangerously close to gossiping about the church. Do our words lift up, encourage, strengthen and edify? Are they bearing the fruits of the Spirit? Are they born of God or our own frustration?
Please allow me to propose that it’s not enough to talk about it, rather the time has come to DO something about it. Many of us have probably been told “You can’t lead if no one is following.” In fact I have heard that in the last week. While that is true, it can also be a trap. If the Lord has called you to a place, you just need to go, if He has called you to do, you just need to do. It’s up to Him to call the “mighty men” who will stand with you. David did not go about looking for recruits; they came to him in the desert.
“David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.” (1 Samuel 22:1-2)
They came to David because God moved in their hearts. They did not know that one day he would be king, but they did recognize the authority which rested upon him. So the disaffected, disenchanted and disadvantaged came to him. The ones no longer happy with the status quo answered the call of God and came to a hunted man in the desert to stand with him. But what about us? Glad you asked. Jesus tells us this:
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Do we want to wake up the church? Do we want to impact the Body of Christ? Do we want the bride to wake up? If the answer is yes, then we need to walk in the authority given us, not just talk the talk, but walk the walk. We need to make disciples, not just gather “scalps.” It’s not enough to tell people about Christ, we are also responsible to raise them up and establish them as disciples walking in kingdom authority.
Those of us who are shepherds need to see those placed in our care rooted and grounded in love. That is the foundation that all else must be built upon. There has been a lot of talk about the world searching for what is real, and it is true, when they see the real stuff flowing from us, they will believe in droves. But, they are not alone, most of the believers devout, or nominal are looking for the same thing. When we are truly walking in His love, signs and miracles will follow, and so will the church. When we give them the real deal, they WILL awaken and respond.
“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:15-18)
“…as He is, so are we in this world.” Did you ever think about that wonder of that statement? As He IS, not as He was, but is, so ARE we, not so will we be, but so ARE we! All authority has been given to Him, He is seated at the right hand of the throne in power and glory. As He is so ARE we. We have all authority given to us. Let’s stop making excuses and use what we have been given.
I don’t want this to be taken wrong, but it is what I am hearing … I believe the Lord just spoke to my spirit; “It’s time to stop worrying and complaining about the church, and start walking in the authority I have given you. You walk in what I have called you to do, YOU preach with authority with signs and wonders following, YOU heal the lame, give sight to the blind, and loose the captives. YOU go and do, and the true believers will follow, learn and then go and do themselves. THEN you will see the revival you have been seeking.”
“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)