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Toward the Future

May 1, 2016 08:00AM

Joh 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

 

Luke 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

 

Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

Church as we know it is rapidly changing. Talking to people in places even in other countries where vibrancy and growth were never an issue, they also are seeing some of the same trends evidenced there.

 

It leaves one scratching their heads as the church as we know it -try as best as it has known how- fails to make an positive impact in society at least majorly in an eternal sense.

 

Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Mat 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

 

The Church has received its share of criticism from unbelievers - it is true not always warranted-however the power we were promised -That power that raised Christ from the dead-seems to be sadly lacking.

 

Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

In my own life I have been struggling with what amount of sacrifice is appropriate in serving the King of Glory. In the interest of being 'financially responsible and/or solvent 'do we wrongly waste years 'laboring for the things that perish'?

 

As we look at what God may have in store for us in the future we have to ask ourselves what is the role of the Church in our present day society. Certainly the role of the Church is one of corporate fellowship ,encouragement, and developing spiritual friendships. But I believe that if the Church [which is Christ's body on earth] is to 'prevail against the gates of hell' it must plunder hell's real estate to populate heavens kingdom! It must as a necessity be a threat to it's enemy and not the other way around!

 

Psa 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

 

May it be time to focus the majority of the time and energy that we can muster to the expansion of Christ' kingdom?

Christ's kingdom is not a particular earthly address or a finely organized organization. But rather it takes it's residence in the hearts of those whom by faith have committed their lives unto Him and have departed from sin.

 

Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

 

I am not necessarily talking about evangelism [even though that is very important] but rather to a purposeful goal and strategy to expand the Kingdom of God among the sphere of our influences and our immediate areas. I would ask you to lay aside the stressors that threaten all of our emotions when examining the 'realities' of our present circumstances. Perhaps us having allowed our lives in our Christian experience to coast by needed to be jolted to the reality that God chose us seeming 'out of season' for such a time as this. Seeking change for the sake of change is dangerous. However if we change to be obedient to the call of the Gospel I believe in time will be rewarded with a harvest and an expansion of God's kingdom.

 

It is true that we are not all evangelist by gifting. But those of us who are Christians have a testimony of God's goodness in our lives. This testimony of personal experience with God is a catalyst by which we can use to disciple those to whom God will bring into our live as we with expectation ask Him to.

 

We may continue as we have just hoping that God will somehow supernaturally grow our fellowship. However to continue as we are just hoping will I am afraid yield the same results. Very quickly we can fall into the rut of wanting only to expand membership at our current address without any concern for the expansion of the Kingdom of God. This is where the above verse [Matt. 6:33] comes into play.

 

My hopes are that we can learn to 'serve together in the Gospel' . Though it may not 'look' like anything that from outward appearance would garner the praise of man, I hope that keeping our eyes on Jesus we would serve in obedience the call God has placed upon our lives at this time in history!

 

In the very near future we want to discuss tentative changes that I believe would move us in that direction. Pray that God would make us a people rich in vision and give us the courage to follow it through.

 

GOD WHAT IS IT THAT YOU HAVE IN STORE NOT ONLY FOR THIS GROUP OF BELIEVERS BUT HOW CAN I BETTER SERVE YOU SO THAT TRULY 'YOUR KINGDOM MAY BE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN'?

 

May this be our daily prayer so that we may all hear from heaven.

 

G. Price

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