Overheard at a church meeting near you: “I know God will provide for me, but I need to look out for myself. I mean let’s not be foolish here…I’m sure God doesn’t want me to go hungry or anything like that right?”
The ark came with precise instructions. The Tabernacle came with precise instructions. The Temple came with precise instructions. The church does not have precise instructions.
Being brought up in “Christian” Germany with churches everywhere, I always felt that there must be something exciting about the community that Jesus started in the New Testament—but somehow I could never discover what that was.” – Wolfgang Simson, The House Church Book
The way of Jesus is narrow because it fits only into one set of footprints, but it is broad because those footprints are so much bigger than ours.
“There is a difference between “fruit” and “results.” You can get “results” by following surefire formulas, manipulating people, or turning on your charisma; but “fruit” comes from life. Results are counted and soon become silent statistics, but living fruit remains and continues to multiply to the glory of God ( John 15:16)” Warren Wiersbe, On Being a Servant of God
My friend Mike Wells used to say that when you walk through an apple orchard you don’t hear the apple trees grunting and groaning with all the effort of producing their fruit, but if you went to a factory making plastic apples it would be full of noise and smells…watch out for people claiming to work for God who are noisy and smelly.
What does God require of us? What is it that we supply to the One who creates all things, and who says to us “If I were hungry I would not tell you, For the world is Mine, and all it contains.”? There is one thing we can do and one thing only. We can show up. The church is nothing more than a group of people who show up before God freely while acknowledging it is the only thing they can do. How we have been made free and what it means to show up before God is the area we need to explore together.
The call from darkness into light isn’t an invitation to sit in a spiritual tanning bed.