Friday, July 22, 2011

The Church: Higher Expectations

A W Tozer
July: The Church
The business of the Church is God. She is purest when most engaged with God and she is astray just so far as she follows other interests, no matter how "religious" or humanitarian they may be.
The Set of the Sail, 80.

Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I  also labor, striving according to His working which works in me  mightily.  --Colossians 1:28,29

The treacherous enemy facing the church of Jesus Christ today is the  dictatorship of the routine, when the routine becomes "lord" in the  life of the church. Programs are organized and the prevailing  conditions are accepted as normal. Anyone can predict next Sunday's  service and what will happen. This seems to be the most deadly threat  in the church today. When we come to the place where everything can be  predicted and nobody expects anything unusual from God, we are in a  rut. The routine dictates, and we can tell not only what will happen  next Sunday, but what will occur next month and, if things do not  improve, what will take place next year. Then we have reached the place  where what has been determines what is, and what is determines what  will be.

That would be perfectly all right and proper for a cemetery. Nobody  expects a cemetery to do anything but conform....Everyone and  everything in a cemetery has accepted the routine. Nobody expects  anything out of those buried in the cemetery. But the church is not a  cemetery and we should expect much from it, because what has been  should not be lord to tell us what is, and what is should not be ruler  to tell us what will be. God's people are supposed to grow.  Rut, Rot  or Revival: The Condition of the Church, 5,6.

"Lord, use me today to help some people to really grow in You. Send me  at least one person to whom I can significantly minister spiritual  encouragement. Amen." 

Today's "Insight for Leaders" is taken by permission from the book, Tozer on Christian Leadership, published by WingSpread Publishers

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