Summary: Priorities, pleasing god, Stewardship of time and engery
GETTING RID OF THE CLUTTER
2 Cor 3:18 (p818) (v 12-18) August 15, 2010
Is there anyone here who enjoys driving in downtown Louisville at 5:00 o'clock? Or sitting on the Gene Snyder with bumper to bumper construction traffic? "Cones to the left of me…workers to the right ,here I am…stuck in the middle with you!" (Sing it to Steve Miller band).
Congestion is horrible…It's frustrating. People hate it…you can see the stress as people grip the steering wheel and set their jaws. .. Traffic is stopped no one is moving…the snail waves at us as he zooms past. The roads were not designed to handle that many cars…there's nowhere for them to go…so everyone sits and waits.
All the clutter is keeping you from getting where you need to go…congestion stinks…all the clutter traps you in place.
Many churches are trapped by the clutter…stopped in their tracks by congestion...spiritual movement is stifled… and instead of moving forward with a powerful purpose...they are standing still just burning a lot of gas. Congested churches are filled with the same people. I'm not talking about the absence of new people, although many times that’s telling in and of itself. I'm referring to people staying the same…unchanged…unmoved.
People that stop being transformed…week after week, month after month, year after year. Many people are the same stagnant believers and congested, cluttered churches go hand in hand.
Many of these people are sadly tuck in the same place they've always been spiritually and there is no intentional plan to move them forward…or desire by them to be moved forward.
God's word sure points a different picture in regards to spiritual growth…according to scripture a believer's life is to be transformed more and more...people are not suppose to remain the same…there is to be progression, movement…GROWTH
Churches are designed by Jesus to be filled with people who are becoming. Becoming more like Christ, Becoming more loving and joyful…being transformed and that involves…
REMOVING THE VEIL
2 Cor 3:18 says "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
The Apostle Paul is taking the Corinthian church back to Moses day… you see when Moses would walk up Mt. Sinai and meet with God he would be transformed by God's presence.
In these encounters where God gave Moses the 10 commandments and the instructions something powerful happened to the Israelite leaders "Aura" every time Moses went to meet with God on the Mountain he came back glowing…every time he was in God's presence he was transformed…He looked different…In fact the first time "Mr. Glowworm" came down from the mountain the Israelites were terrified…the change was that remarkable.
So Moses began to wear a veil over his face when he came down from the mountain…and we know why he wore the veil…"To cover the fact that the glory began to fade as soon as he left God's presence" (2 Cor. 3:13)