To think you can love God without being changed by Him, is to think you can jump into the ocean and not get wet. To really love Him, you must understand that your life is going to be wrecked by Him, and built again into something beautiful, something lasting. -T.B. LaBerge
I grew up in a home that most people would consider beautiful, however, the inhabitants of my home, were not beautiful. How many people can you think of that you know live in nice homes but their family is messed up? Now lets take a look at the church, some churches are absolutely beautiful, and you think “How could something so ugly come out something so beautiful?” I went to a church for a few years where the inside was so beautiful, and everyone dressed very well, however, there were secrets, and people gossiped about one another. Kids lied to their parents, kids were in a Christian private school that didn’t do Christian things, parents gossiped about one another and other people’s kids. It was a terrible vision, and when you go there you can clearly see that the church is not one.
When there are clear dividing lines, we allow satan to come into our church! We don’t want him in our homes or churches, but we allow him to come in because of our division. Satan should have to kick and scream when he tries to get in the church, he should be so weak compared to the body of Christ. However, when there isn’t unity in the church, he is able to walk in and do as he pleases. In the Bible when Jesus saw this in the church, he kicked over tables and threw things, we should feel the same way about allowing satan in our church and God’s home.
One of my favorite verses in Psalms is Psalm 26:8,
Lord, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells.
Not only should our homes be a place where God’s glory dwells but so should our churches! The church has to begin to focus on the ministry team and how they work together, they have to pay attention to the congregation, and they have to pay attention to the surrounding community as well as the world. It sounds like a lot and can be overwhelming, however, if the church is not united, and genuinely concerned with how the person next to them is doing then the church will not prosper.
The church is the body of Christ, and if He is the bridegroom, then we must present ourselves wholly to Him, clean, bright and pure. We can’t do that with satan prowling the church because of our inability to forgive and get along with our brothers and sisters. The church is a rescue center, a place for the broken to come, and see Jesus, for broken lives to be made new, for the unloved to be loved. We can’t be that when we are constantly against each other. I’m praying that this upcoming generation, is a generation that loves and truly seeks the face of our Lord.