Understand the Church
“That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ” – Philippians 1:10
Recently I read a devotional by Charles Stanley (In Touch Daily Devotional Reading; The Message of a Lifetime; March 2016) that I would like to share with you:
“Imagine going to a nice restaurant for dinner. The table is set with linens, fine china, and crystal glasses. The waiter delivers your plate with flourish. In the middle of the exquisite plate is a single marshmallow. What a letdown! Instead of receiving a nutritious, meaty meal, we are left with a puff of sugar and no satisfaction. If we become lax, our lives can resemble that disappointing meal.”
After laughing, I thought about the current state of the church today. It’s like going to this restaurant. It has all the resembles, but no glory of God’s present made known. I know if you are a true worshipper of God (1 John 4:24), you have sense this.
We are in entertainment mode. How do we get out of this mode to sift to a new level in God? Most of us say, “Sit back and enjoy.” That’s it! This type of mindset is carried over into the institutional church by taking the grace and mercy of God for granted. How can they offer their people this single marshmallow each week. The preacher offered nothing more that a sugared message heavily with jokes or worldly ideas. No content. No basic principles. It seems to be the norm of understanding. Why must so many stay a babe in Christ? If you decided to change by growing up in the will and purposes of the Lord, you are missing the mark or something.
Let read Hebrews 5:11-14 below, and how Paul complain of the low spiritual attainments of the Palestinian Christians and to warn them of the danger of falling from light once enjoyed:
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
So what was Paul complains? They have been a Christian for some time now, and they were without excuse in studying the word for themselves. They were just lazy. It sounds like entertainment mode to me. In 2 Timothy 2:15 it states, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. In other words, be that kind of person the God will always approve of by understanding Him more each and each day, and using the true teachings in a right way.
It is up to you!
I hope you will began to discern the times, and not settle for the church made with real sugar offering.