Friday, June 12, 2020

Dedicated People Needed To Overthrow The Status Quo

Through the years of our traveling, singing and preaching in various churches and venues I've had the opportunity to visit with various preachers and ministry leaders of all denominational stripes. One concern rises time and time again with these leaders. That concern is the seeming lack of dedication and commitment to God and His work. 

It appears many individuals are only involved in the work of the Lord when there is money to be had or when they can receive some sort of self-glorification or recognition. It seems the work of the Lord has been reduced to self-serving motives by far too many who lack genuine dedication to the Lord Jesus Christ and His plan and purpose. 

Far too many seem to be satisfied with the status quo. Listen, friend, we need more - much more - than "status quo religion" if we are to see anything accomplished for the cause of Christ! We need more than church as usual.

People are getting fed up with dead, dull boring churches that provide little or no spiritual vitality to them. We've replaced the genuine move of God of the early church with our own man-made programs. We've gotten so far advanced in our programs that we know as much as a year in advance who is going to do what in each service even to the exclusion of the Holy Spirit. We leave no room for the Lord to move in our services because our programs don't allow for it. 

I realize that Paul the apostle wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:40, "But everything is to be done decently and in order". Does this mean to the exclusion of God's will? Must our churches be "dead" in order to be decent? I believe the answer to both of these questions is a resounding "No!" 

What would happen if we would turn our church services/meetings totally over to the guidance and leadership of the Holy Spirit? What would happen if we did not restrict God by putting a time limit on Him? What would happen if we would commit ourselves completely and wholly to the Lord? What would happen if we would dedicate, or in many cases rededicate, our lives to the will of God?

Consider the possibilities! We could see a move of God sweep across our communities and land like we've never seen. We could see the gospel preached to a lost and dying world in need of a Savior. We could see God's people awake from their slumber and do the work of the church. Oh, what God would do with a dedicated and sold out group of people reaching out and actually becoming all that God wants them to be - becoming a genuine New Testament church working until Jesus returns for His people!

What we need today is some dedicated people willing to serve a mighty God in order to see great things accomplished for the Kingdom of God. 

Until next time...enjoy the journey!


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