It is Sunday and time for the world to get dressed up in their finer clothes and go to church. There is an unseen pressure that is felt and drives one to the place designated as God’s house. For most of the people known as christians, they have lived like hell all week and have chosen today as the day they will put on the appearance of christianity by attending the local church.
Church can be a beautiful thing. People gather together to sing songs written by people who led powerful “Christ center” lives hundreds of years, ago. Songs like Onward Christian Soldiers and Rock of Ages resonate throughout our communities. They are songs we grew up singing as kids and we continue to sing today. It makes me wonder why do we sing songs of our childhood? Has nothing changed within our faith that our songs should not change, also?
I was reading in the Book of John, this morning. Jesus challenges the people at the temple to tear it down and in 3 days He will rebuild it. He is talking of His upcoming death, burial and resurrection. With that thought, He drives all the venders out of the temple and cleanses it with His presence. It is Jesus’ presence that changes a building into a Holy Place.
With the new deal of grace found in the new testament of the Word, Jesus abides in those that believe and those that believe abide in Jesus. When we as believers arrive at the local church, the building is filled with the presence of Jesus. It is a wonderful experience to know the presence of Jesus and felt through the lives of other believers…
But there is a problem that runs epidemic within our local churches. Many people of the church do not live their lives with the appearance of Jesus during the week and expect Jesus to show up on Sunday. They are dependent on the songs of old, because it brings memories of a time when their heart was young, soft and sensitive to the Spirit. Today, they mistakenly misidentify the recognition of song with the recognition of the Holy Spirit.
This craziness of a “one day a week feeling” of an artificial presence of the spirit is further reinforced with a speaker behind a podium that reminds you of your youth. The feelings are remembered of the time long ago when you “accepted Christ” and walked the aisle to shake the hand of the pastor. Sadly, remembering times past does nothing for living a life of Christ in times presence.
If you find yourself going to church out of discipline to attend and only feel the presence of God on Sunday, I suggest you don’t know the true presence of God. Whatever it is you are worshipping or feeling on Sunday is artificial and designed to make you feel better of the hellish life you live in the week. I am sorry for you.
Jesus cleaned the temple two thousand years, ago. Why not once again, allow Jesus to cleanse you and enjoy His true presence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week….
There is nothing artificial about a true abiding relationship with Jesus Christ.