I shared this with the Sunday School class the other day, I hope and pray that it can be of benefit to you…Paul S.
I was talking with a friend recently about the function of the church…
This person, who is a wonderful person who I truly believe loves Jesus and desires to know God and do His will, said what many say nowadays and in all honesty sounds humble and quite spiritual. He said, “well, in the church, we don’t really try to make a plan or define things, we just try to let the Holy Spirit take control and do what He wants.” After thinking about this for quite awhile, I realized that though this does indeed sound spiritual, it implies a heart attitude that needs to be reformed and renewed by the Scriptures. I believe that statements like these are potentially an affront and an offense to the Holy Spirit and a recipe for confusion in our lives and churches. I have observed as churches and individuals who take this stance roam around in the desert searching for the latest fads, wandering in futility and fruitlessness always chasing the pot of gold of “God’s perfect will” at the end of the rainbow never establishing any long lasting fruit of changed lives for the glory of Jesus. For example, if their marriage doesn’t go “just perfect” (whatever the heck that is), they back out or run away and say that “they must have missed God.” The sad truth is that many of us in the United States of America are guilty of the final condemning verse of the book of Judges:
“In those days there was no king in Israel. EVERYONE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT IN THEIR OWN EYES.” ~Judges 21:25
In an attempt at sounding spiritual, if we would be honest with ourselves, we would see that we are really justifying ignorance, Scriptural laziness and lack of diligence in studying the word of God and then submitting to it. If we truly want to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in the church and our lives, then we will diligently study the book that He wrote to define the origin, nature, personality, function and purpose of the church and our lives and seek by His grace to apply it!
(14) But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it