Summary: We have been brought in to Go Out
Many churches today consist of small groups of believers whose number never seems to grow or increase. The attitude of many believers being "We are just holding out until the Lord comes."
Let me give you a picture of the true Church: "So mightily grew the Word of God and prevailed." Acts 19:20 "And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." Acts 2:47
Question: Is the Word of the Lord growing mightily in your Church? Is it growing mightily in you? Is it being allowed to prevail "Over every power of the enemy?" Are people being saved? Are they being delivered from the powers of darkness? Are they TRULY being set free from sin and sickness? IS THE WORD WORKING MIGHTILY IN YOU?
The Lord is not coming for a church so weak that it has to just "hang on." No where in the life of Jesus do we see Him just hanging on against the powers of darkness. But rather we see Him Triumphant/victorious over every work of the devil. How can we be so blind as to let the devil manuver us into a "hanging on" experience. WAKE UP!! If Christ is truly in you, you will do the things that Jesus did, you will think as Jesus thought, and you will see a lost and dying world through His eyes. You will walk in total victory as He walked and one thing more. You will Do The Works That Jesus Did. So many of us want the power of God working in our lives but we are not willing to walk in the obedience that Jesus walked in. Every day of His ministry only one thought was in His mind. To Reconcile the World to God. What is the dominating thought in your life each day? Your job, your family, your home, worrying about world conditions, all these things are admirable and some perhaps necessary but "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things will be ADDED unto you". Matt 6:33
Jesus primary thought was the Kingdom of God and that it be filled with his creation, made in His image. Jesus was a Soulwinner. He did not have the attitude the "They know where the Church is, if they want to be saved they can go there." But rather, He went to them. He took the Word to them. Each soul was important to Him. Does the love for souls motivate you to go to the lost? Does it motivate you to do
without? (foxes have their holes, birds have their nests, but the Son of man has no where to lay His head) Does it motivate you to suffer or sacrifice to win another soul to the Lord. Jesus did. He gave up food, He gave up companionship, He gave up sleep, and on one accasion He left a great revival to reach a harlot in Samaria. The depth of your love can be measured by your love for what He loved, the Lost. Jesus said it is easy to love someone who can respond and love back, but it is an entirely different situation to love some one unresponsive, and seemingly unlovable. Romans 5:6 says that while we were yet sinners, (unresponsive, unlovable, unregenerate) Christ died for us. an example of this love is found in Mark 10:21
This young man came running and knelt before the Lord. Jesus knew before he ever came that he was not going to pay the price for salvation, that he was going to be rejected, But that rejection did not alter the Lords love for him. Verse 21 says clearly that Jesus loved him. Many today have trouble loving the bretheren much less loving the lost in the face of rejection.