Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Lily amongst the Thorns

What would you do if you went to a church that let an active prostitute come to the front and lead true heartfelt worship? If this actual situation depicted the phrase "a Lily amongst the thorns," who would be the lily and who would be the thorns, the congregation or the prostitute? I truly believe our answer to these questions would be different than God's.

Pete Greig on the forefront of 24-7 Prayer and the author of the book, "Red Moon Rising," posed this question to us tonight. It really got me thinking about such a situation and how I would react.

I truly want you to take a second and think about how you would react if you saw someone currently involved in prostitution leading worship in church. Now before we say whether this would be right or wrong, Pete posed the idea that at least we are finally asking the questions instead of just saying no.

For too long now, pastors and churches have been worrying about their images and what something like this would do to their names. Let me tell you this... JESUS, upon whose name everything rests, spent the majority of his time in the presence of prostitutes, tax collectors, and "sinners." (I put quotes around sinners because I think it is funny that we label certain people as sinners when we are all sinners) He did not care about His "name," rather He cared about those in need and letting them come and feel loved in the PRESENCE of GOD (for Jesus is fully man and fully God).

In Matthew 9:12-13, Jesus says, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

So again I ask, how should we react? Could God be asking us to become a people who will truly go into the world and get their hands "dirty?" For how long are we going to keep asking the Holy Spirit to come to our same old meetings in the building known as the church on Sundays, when He is asking us if we will go be with Him in His meetings amongst the poor, widowed, orphaned, and oppressed "sinners?"

Saturday, March 12, 2011

It's the Reason that We're Living

There has been a song that I have been newly introduced to me that I haven't really given much thought to until recently and it's brought something up that I just wanted to share a little of. It is something that I think we should all think about the reality of.

The words at one point go like this... "There's gonna be a wedding... it's the reason that I'm living... to marry the Lamb." Now this is a great song and we would always sing this over and over without really thinking too much about it until recently it hit me. In the end THERE IS GOING TO BE A WEDDING AND IT IS THE REASON THAT WE ARE LIVING TO BE UNITED WITH JESUS THE SLAIN LAMB. When I thought about this truth it made me realize that a lot of the time we don't really believe what we say we believe.

Think about it. If we really believed the things we said we believed then our lives would be so different. If we truly believed that we as the church are the bride of Christ and that there is to be the most pure union known to man, then we would not defile ourselves in the ways we like to so often.

When you were engaged to the person you are now married to, during those months of engagement, how much of your time was spent thinking about the person you were marrying and how you wanted to do everything you could for them because of how much you loved them? Now I'm not married but I can imagine that you spent the majority of your time thinking about them and how you wanted to be the best you could be for them. Well then why don't we live that way for Christ? If we believe what the Bible says, then we should be spending the majority of our time thinking about God and how we want to be the best "spouse" for Him we could ever be.

With all of that said, I just want you to take a little time to let the reality of this set in. If you really believe the things you say you believe, then let's live as if it were reality. If we believe we are the bride of Christ, let us live in a way glorifying to him.

On a side note, there are some big decisions going on in my life and once I get some final word on these I will let you all know but just be praying for me in this time that I would gain clarity on such matters. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers, I love you all and am so thankful that you would take time to be a part of my life.