Well I’m flying home reflecting on this past week of ministry in San Jose, California. Over 30 nations where represented and over 1000 registrants not counting those who attended services that were open to the public.
The theme was “The EKKLESIA RISING”. This simply means that the true church is coming onto the scene. I personally believe that the current calamities, catastrophes and unprecedented criminal behavior is a setup for the true church to arise.
The Institutional church as we know it has failed miserably in equipping people with what they need to fulfill their destinies and their purpose as followers of Christ. After we “come” to Him (Jesus) we need to then “go” for Him (Jesus). Remember he said, “I send you as sheep amongst wolves…”.
How many local churches that you know of have built their buildings safety tucked away in the suburbs, away from the blight and crime that possess our streets and our children. In the name of growth and expansion they have become removed from the struggle and lose their compassion for the poor, the lost and the needy, that they don’t get to physically see. Also, when they moved to the suburbs they took with them the best people from the hood and those from the hood in turn took their resources with them.
What this creates is local churches who are fearfully residing on our urban street corners, in a rented storefront, or some converted building that’s dysfunctional and inadequate. They are often rendered helpless because the resources to implement change and transformation in their communities are tucked away in the bank accounts of large suburban “mega” churches who are about to split over what kind of new cameras they should get to enhance their social media presence while the smaller church are drowning due to systemic poverty.
We need to be reminded that it is the churches job to address the Social Problems and the Undesirable Conditions in the ENTIRE city that it resides. We pastors have got to see ourselves called to the city and not just to a clique of people who look, act and live like us.
God is a just God. He is also a God of Justice. He expects His people, leaders in particular, to address the systemic issues that is woven in the very fabric of our society. Things like:
a. Organized Crime
c. Dysfunctional families
d. Inadequate education, including biblical illiteracy.
e. Mental Illness
g. Systemically poverty and so much more.
THIS THINGS ARE WHAT THE BIBLE CALLS, THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL.
Here is the deal:
Jesus came lived, died on a cross, was buried and rose again on the third day to destroy the works of the devil. (It’s called the gospel.) That’s good news. Yet, we play second fiddle to cults and new age religions that are exposing our weaknesses and drawing away disciples after themselves. People are walking away from church buildings that are housing spiritual fugitives and refugees from the work of the ministry. People are walking away from “professing” relationships with Jesus, acting like He is no longer Savior of the world.
Satellite sites and overflowing pews are not a sign of God’s approval and blessing in your life and ministry. Two and three services on Sunday and “live” award winning Christian entertainment with smoke and pyrotechnics lighting up the stage is not a sign of God’s approval or his blessing on your life and ministry.
Young preachers are in the wings waiting on their opportunity to preach and to become known. They can’t wait to be called to, or start their own churches to perpetuate the same dysfunction that has produced this powerless, prodigal, lukewarm body of so called believers that exist today.
I’m flying at 38,000 feet over the Grand Canyon right now and I am beholding the glorious wonders of God’s heavens and earth. I am hearing Him very clearly and I prophetically speak to those who are reading this post. God is calling you to get equipped, not to sustain and perpetuate the status quo, but to find your true purpose. He’s calling you to get connected to a corporate body of believers that are bent on eradicating these systemic issues that plague our land.
Stop thinking about how you’re going to pay your bills and take care of your children and survive your storm and ask God for an anointing that will enable you to help someone else with their bills, their children and their storms. God has delivered us to deliver others. His church has got to set up shop where the gates of hell are and drive the devil and his imps out of the lives of people and the communities that he has taken over.
We need to ask God to send the resources to the front lines. We have got to say to those from the hood, if you leave don’t take your resources with you. Also, when you leave don’t forget where you come from. Don’t forget about your people.
There is an EKKLESIA RISING. The true church of Jesus Christ, HIS CHURCH, HIS PEOPLE ARE ABOUT TO BE REVEALED.
Romans 8:18-19 NLT
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.
That day has come. Open your eyes. It’s not about us. Jesus saw the people and was moved with compassion and he healed them all.
IF WE SEE LIKE JESUS SEES AND FEEL WHAT JESUS FEELS WE CAN DO WHAT JESUS DID.
Thanks for listening. Who’s ready to do something for the glory of God?