There has been an evident theme in the workings of my heart and makings of my life recently. This subject has literally permeated every conversation I’ve had with the Lord. During every prayer time, during time spent in the Word, during my night time dealings with the Lord. This is the outstanding, undeniable thread that weaves it altogether in this season.
Thy Kingdom Come. Thy will be done.
I have been struck with the reality that the Christian foundation in the American Church is off. And that the Bride of Christ is missing out on so much. I have been given a glimpse of what His purposes look like and how they can shift a culture radically. But the Church must set the culture, not the other way around. We live in a culture that defines everything, including Church services and Christianity (Preachers of LA, anyone?). The dormant Church has allowed the American way of life to eradicate true Biblical Christianity and dictate its culture. I am not saying that love doesn’t exist in it. I am saying that the action of love towards Christ isn’t fully demonstrated because of the cultural and personal boundaries we’ve established based on the American Dream.
Jesus had no boundaries. He wasn’t motivated by self-preservation. He was moved by compassion. Yet there are Christian books written to clearly define boundaries and what’s healthy. Christian pastors will spend weeks preaching messages on creating and establishing those healthy boundaries because… well, Jesus is after our well being after all. Bogus! Jesus spent Himself every moment of every single day. And He went away to be alone with the Father while His precious ones slept (always in the wee hours of the morning). Because His Heart beat for His precious Bride. Even the time He spent with His Father demonstrated His love for His people. He never took away time to serve them and demonstrate the goodness of His Father while there was life and individuals around Him.
Jesus Christ demonstrated the Kingdom of God on earth by being moved by compassion. The very movement of His Heart was dictated by compassion. Compassion for His brothers, His disciples, for the people, the Jewish and the Gentile alike. He held nothing back. Not even His own life. Yet our culture demands we look out for number one. Our culture has taught Christians that it’s good that we feed the poor, but safety reigns and allowing them into that extra bedroom (or two) of our home is just unwise. Feed them, but stop there.
Because that’s what Jesus did… (?)
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness”;and again, “The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless.” — 1 Corinthians 3:19-20
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. —1 Corinthians 1:25
Be led by the Holy Spirit. Absolutely ask Jesus about it and make sure He is giving you the green light. But be willing to say yes to His prompting. Toss worldly and cultural wisdom to the side and just… say yes. Give whatever up for the sake of His purposes.
It’s time that the culture of the Church change the culture of our country. The Culture of Heaven is the Beautitudes. It is extravagant giving, loving, forgiving. It is a culture that acknowledges Jesus as God and King as perfect Shepherd. It is a culture that consults the perfect Counselor for every decision and is moved by compassion. It is a culture that holds nothing dearer than the purposes of God.
When the Church can do that and shift the culture of its neighborhood, city and state. Then my friends, true and lasting revival is here.