One thing that many of us seem to have forgotten along the way in our Christian walk is that we are striving toward perfection. The urgency in this matter, I believe, is one of the greatest needs the Church has in this last hour before the coming of Christ. The words of Christ are surely coming into fulfillment when he mentioned our present day and how similar they would be to the days of Noah. Christ said “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26-27). There is a spirit that has overtaken many today in their walk with Christ. That spirit wishes to distract us from our main point or goal in our walk with Christ and that is perfection. We are admonished in the Bible to come to “…the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).
Our greatest need today in the Church is a true genuine revival of each individual within the Body of Christ. It’s okay to organize revivals and set days in order to emphasize the need for revival, but revival must first begin with the individual. Our greatest need is a re-dedication of complete surrender to Christ. We can no longer afford to continue to walk the same way we are doing at this present time. We cannot expect revival to happen because of an organized program or service. Revival will first begin in our prayer closets, in the time spent reading and studying the Word of God and in fasting. There are thousands of hungry souls in our present day that are desiring a great awakening in the world, and many are becoming tired of not finding that remnant of people that are willing to walk in the old paths.
To those who are very familiar with the “old paths,” it becomes very easy to preach repeated messages. Sometimes we tend to repeat the same messages because we have not spent time talking with Jesus. Truly we can apply the words to that classic hymn to “have a little talk with Jesus.” Perfection is a requirement in order for the Church to be ready for the rapture. The Bible tells us the following: “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27). There are still many things that need to be removed from our individual lives in order to help move the Church on to perfection. We seem to be spending too much time on things that are not benefiting us in our walk with Christ. One can easily discern when a minister, member or Christian is one who does not spend much time in prayer, fasting and reading their Bible. Now just imagine if one is able to discern this—what more can we expect from an almighty God who sees into the most inner parts of man’s heart.
Our greatest need is a change of course in our walk with God. We can be led to a road that will lead us to the same situation the Church in Ephesus had found themselves in. Let us consider the following scriptures here: “UNTO the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love” (Revelation 2:1-4). One thing for certain is He that held in His right hand the seven stars and walked in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, is in the midst of the Church today in these last hours.
Sometimes we tend to forget that Christ knows exactly what we are doing when no one is around, or so we think. Christ knows every intention and thought that comes from your heart before your lips begin to even try to pronounce it. He is also aware of the greatest need of the Church today in order to reach perfection. Christ knew the work, labour and patience of the Church in Ephesus. Can we today say that Christ knows our works; yet alone our labour? Labour meant “work.” In other words, Christ knew the hard work they had put into the Church in order to see her grow in their present time. My friend, some today seem too idle when it comes to working for Christ and The Church of God. Some would rather spend time in useless things that are robbing them from fulfilling their calling in the ministry. I’m here to tell you, if you are wasting your ministry, you will have to give account to God one day!
The need for the world to see the true Church today is important, yet it seems as if this is not important to us. We dread the opportunity to go out and evangelize and feel threatened by the evil days that are among us. The minister cries out “The days are dangerous and times have changed.” My friend, the times have indeed changed. Yes, the days are dangerous, but the Word of God is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. My beloved brethren, if you are of this mindset, I want to share with you the following question. Who are you serving? Are you serving a God who will leave you behind for doing His work? Are you serving a God who will not protect you in His work? Or is this just an excuse to sit behind and waste your ministry. Paul gave us the answer to this sort of thinking today “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
In verse four of Revelation 2 we read the following: “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” The only thing that will lead the Church towards perfection today is a true, genuine love for Christ. Some need to fall more in love with Jesus in these final hours. Some need to stop having “minute” prayers and really begin to pray in the Spirit. Some need to really fast and not do like certain individuals used to practice—fasting from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. My friend, these types of fasts will never help you grow. The minister, member and every Christian needs a spiritual diet of fasting every week. We are to “die daily” to this flesh, but more and more we are seeing slothful Christians all around us. This slothfulness extends to the Church today. We expect God to rain down His glory, when God does not even recognize us individually. Our greatest need today is an urgency of the work of the Church and knowing that this program is coming to an end. The trumpet will sound soon and the Church will be raptured away.
No slothful (lazy) minister will get the work done. No slothful (lazy) member or Christian will get the work done – let alone grow in Christ. Don’t ever expect people to listen to your words if you are not setting the example. Don’t ever attempt to preach the Word of God if you are truly not living it. It would be better for you to sit down, go back into your prayer closet until victory comes and then begin to live what you preach. Then, you can go back to the pulpit to preach. We, as ministers, members and Christians, need to set an example for the world that is watching us today. People are getting tired of non-Spirit filled services, ministers who are not setting the example, members who act more worldly than those without Christ, and Christians that are only what they seem to say on Sundays, but the rest of the week they are someone else.
The greatest need the Church has today is the realization of an urgency towards perfection. The Church in Ephesus thought they were walking right because of their works. My friend, having your name on the membership roll will not get you into heaven. Holding a ministers license in The Church of God will not get you into heaven. Saying that you are a Christian will not get you into heaven. You must have an urgency to be able to recognize the times we are living in and know that perfection is a requirement in order to be ready as The Church for the rapture. Do you feel that urgency?
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