“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
As believers, we live in a broken and fallen world, yet we are called to be set apart.
We are called to act differently than the world.
Or have we, over time, been insidiously desensitized by the world around us? Which kingdom would you say has more influence?
I don’t approach these questions lightly, and it’s not my intention to condemn. But, perhaps it’s (past) time to take a long, hard look in the mirror. Admitting it is the first step.
We’re comfortable. We’re well-fed and warm. We own the latest gadgets. We want for nothing. This, in my humble opinion, is a large part of our problem. Our blessings and prosperity have lulled us into a false-sense of security. Over time, our spiritual senses have grown dull.
God has blessed our nation with abundance. We have more stuff than we have room. We have more endless pursuits than we have time.
are we content, or do we crave?
Do we enter His courts with praise or protest?
Do we spend more time seeking His face than our friends on Facebook?
Approximately one year ago, God impressed something on my heart: His kingdom is inverted. Do you want to be first? Be last. Do you want wisdom? Become foolish. Do you want to find your life? Lose it.
You get the idea.
Day after day over the course of a year, my heart and mind have returned to the narrowing observable disparity between two kingdoms, and my spirit has become increasingly burdened for the church in our nation.
In other words, to be perfectly frank, I fear that we’ve gotten off-track and are fast approaching — if not already arriving into the station of — lukewarm.
Furthermore, if this is the case, I don’t suppose it’s escaped His notice.
Lest you think I’m anti-church, let me state — for the record — I love the church. We are the church. We are the church. We are. That’s all of us. It’s my love for the church — for you — that compels me to express concern. My heart longs to be in authentic community with believers (you) and to experience greater unity and growth with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
This, however, will not occur in a vacuum, and if I’m not part of the solution, I’m part of the problem.
I want to be part of the solution.
Toward that end, I pray that like-minded believers will take this journey with me in an intentional effort to increase community, unity, and growth among the body of believers. Whether it be with distant friends through prayer, with local friends in ways that God has yet to reveal, or a combination thereof, I hope that you will prayerfully consider asking God to reveal where He is at work and commit to work alongside Him.
Additionally, with God’s help, I resolve to work towards becoming increasingly inverted — to lose my life for His sake so that I may find it. I hope that you’ll join me.
May God richly bless you and yours in the New Year and in all the years to come.
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16
“The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.” Henry Varley