This past Wednesday I was blessed to have the opportunity to speak at an event that was focused on uniting the body of Christ and reminding us that the Lord has called His disciples to be one. As I prepared for this night I experienced spiritual warfare like I really never had before an event before. I look back now and realize the weight that had been on my shoulders and my mind as I studied… The burdens and concerns that kept being thrown into my mind. The fog that clouded my head as I tried to put all that I had studied in an understandable order of progression so that I might convey what the Lord had been teaching me. The fact that on the day of, I received texts from many letting me know that they were praying for me. My husband and children repeatedly asking me if I was okay and encouraging me and praying for me… all confirm that for some reason the enemy of our souls did not want this message heard.
I believe with all my heart that the very words of Jesus Himself in John 17 reveals to us why the enemy of our souls did not want this message heard…
13 But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
20 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
22 The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
Here is a video of the night:
As we listen to that Remember the Titans clip there were three points I wanted to make through it, but time did not allow it Wednesday night.
In the clip Yoast tried to dismiss Boone’s exuberance in having the players out running at three in the morning by claiming they were a high school football team and not the marines.
Then in another part we see Julius encourage a teammate to not stop running and reminded him that there was no time to rest
Finally as it closes we hear Boone give his Gettysburg speech to hopefully get it through to his players that this challenge before them was about more than football…
(Remember the Titans video clip: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uiqdA1B3_Nc)
As I watched this clip I see it as a picture of our challenges today in the body of Christ. We are all supposed to be on the same team. Our allegiance to the same Head Coach, and I believe we can take the three points seen in this clip and apply them to ourselves today… because after all the challenges that we face today in the church is about more than just our “church”. It’s about reaching the people that Christ died for us to reach.
It’s time church. It’s time. So therefore…
- No excuses (Luke 14:16-20, Romans 1:20, 2 Corinthians 9:8)
- No time to rest (Galatians 6:9, Revelation 2:3, Hebrews 12:1)
- No more fighting amongst ourselves (1 Corinthians 1:10-13, Ezekiel 33:6, 30-33)
There is a church sign that I pass almost daily coming to and from my house. It is six simple words, but they speak volumes…
Love God. Love People. Serve both.
That’s it beloved. That’s it. The two commandments on which hang all the rest. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:34-40).
As I was preparing for this I watched a message by Ravi Zacharias based on the life of Jonah. As he closed out his message he asked these two questions:
What portion of human suffering and the world’s pain has the LORD called you to and are you willing to take it?
Are you bearing your burden for what God is calling you to bear?
So I close this post asking… Are you where I was, just “going to church” but not BEING the church? Do you know your message? Do you know the gospel and the God of the gospel? Do you know your purpose? Are you willing to lay aside the pursuit of your own kingdom in order to proclaim His kingdom?
Our main focus must not be our own kingdoms, our own lives, our own church… but our focus must be on being obedient to Christ and laying down our lives and following Him no matter the cost.
I am not in any way trying to patronize the importance of our denominational views or our personal convictions, compellings, and opinions concerning the Scriptures, but when the world and even non-christianese speaking sporadic church attenders see us debate and quarrel and finger point and name call about things… that are not key to salvation by grace through faith in Christ… then we lose them.
The simple fact of the matter is we can’t all fit into the same building anyway. Besides that, we were called from the beginning to scatter and multiply and cover the whole earth. In the book of Genesis, at Babel, when the people wanted to all stay together instead of going out and covering the earth the Lord came down and confused their languages so that they would scatter. Has it ever occurred to us that the Lord has given us different personalities and needs and thoughts on worship and organization all for the simple purpose of helping us scatter so that we can reach ALL people?
Think about it.