SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD
I went to see a college football game last weekend – my brother-in-law had free tickets. We went to Oxford, Mississippi to see the fifth-ranked Rebels play. People were parked for miles around and they were hiking to the stadium 3 hours ahead of time. THREE HOURS ahead of time they were hiking for miles to get in.
And Christians do the same thing – they get soo excited about sports and their favorite teams. They talk with great enthusiasm and animation. But when it comes to Christ, many are lukewarm. Somehow, I wonder why the congregation doesn’t have the same enthusiasm to see souls saved and to see people’s lives transformed. Where are the teams of Christians who seek and pray over lost souls, over sections of the community and over growth in the church body? Some churches do talk about “winning souls,” but often they just mean to change peoples’ doctrines. I am talking about having individuals encounter Christ with life changing results. Where are the believers who band together and seek until they get exciting answers? Who will actually take the fight to the devil in practical ways – like liberating his sheep for the Master?
If churches actually saw Jesus in every needy person (Matt 25:35-40), if they really perceived Christ in all the suffering around them – their eyes would be opened and they would understand the way God sees things on earth. Instead most church attendees have a form of godliness and believe they have “fire insurance” by attending church. But maybe they have never comprehended what Christ sacrificed on Calvary, and they have no connection to the terrible price Jesus paid. If humans realized the horrendous cost paid for their salvation, they would want to see others freed from bondage. They would rejoice to do work like that of Christ to assist others. Prayer bands would be formed to attack the weak points of the enemy and free lost souls, and believers would get excited over seeing God deliver the lost. They would rejoice exceedingly! But people don’t comprehend the commitment of Jesus, so they seek other things besides the kingdom of heaven…
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Now is the time! Let your fire and love for Christ spread to the hungry in spirit.
Such a powerful, and needed, reminder! Amen.