“I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.”
– Revelation 3:1
In God’s Word, we are privileged to see the end. As Christ-followers, we have a hope that where Jesus is, we will one day be there too! At the same time, however, we read of Jesus’ accusations against the churches closest to His second advent. In the examples given, we are told of these churches performing enjoyable social activities. From all outward appearances, they were viewed as the most lively congregations. And yet, Jesus claimed they were tainted. It would seem the driving motives were no longer set to accomplish the will of the Father.
At the outset of the ministry of the Apostles, many are saved and baptized by the Holy Spirit. The good news of Jesus spread rapidly, and many accepted Christ. Not many years after, however, does the church change course. Hence the need for the epistles and instruction on Christian living. Seeing the birth of the church and reading of its end should cause every Christian to pause and question. An occasional examination of motive can ensure a pure reflection of the heart.
Has the church been infiltrated by the world? There are many well managed and profitable corporations globally. Does their success demonstrate God’s blessings or only man’s wisdom and fortitude? Do we strive for that same success and call it “blessings” from God? A.W. Tozer once wrote, “almost everything the church is doing these days has been suggested to her by the world.” Is everything we as the church are doing, what God called us to do? May we make time for introspection and surrender of ambition, so that clear revelation draws us to His design!
“Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?”
– Galatians 3:3