As you may have noticed, I’ve made a solemn decision to take God at His Word. I am done with preaching the Word through the prism of my experience, but rather declaring what is true and letting my experience catch up. This is not the decision of a youthful, new convert but rather a decision made by a seasoned Christian professional who is tired of leaving all the good stuff in the gospel until we get to Heaven.
So much of the influence the church has on the culture is limited or muted at best because it is done with human strength using natural means. To a large extent, we are the Red Cross or the Kiwanis Club doing good works in the name of Christ. While people are touched by these acts of kindness and often come to know Christ in the process, it is not electrifying the culture, nor is it presenting Christ for who He fully is. We are selling Him short. Way short! (Not this guy… Watch this)
We need to reveal Him as He really is. Wasn’t it John who said, “As He is, so are we in this world”? (1 John 4:17) What happened to that? What was He like? When He fed the poor, it was miraculous. When He ministered to the sick, they were not just comforted, they were healed. When the disciples were impressed at this, He told them that whoever believes on Him would do those and greater works.
I don’t know about you, but I am coming out of my tomb of doubt and unbelief. I admit I’m still staggering and somewhat wrapped in the grave clothes of good intentions that cover up my true condition of relative lifelessness, but I have heard His call to COME FORTH and I have risen off that cold slab in the dark and I’m stumbling towards the light. As I rip off these grave clothes that have long hindered me, I find the light rather blinding, but am nonetheless very excited by the possibilities I see. God has given me a new lease on life and I will never go back into the tomb again while still alive. I am grateful for the opportunity to share with you this journey and for those of you joining me on this journey. With peace and love.