“The fundamental problem in the evangelical world today is not inadequate technique, insufficient organization, or antiquated music, and those who want to squander the church’s resources bandaging these scratches will do nothing to stanch the flow of blood that is spilling from its true wounds. The fundamental problem in the evangelical world today is that God rests too inconsequentially upon the church. His truth is too distant, his grace is too ordinary, his judgment is too benign, his gospel is too easy, and his Christ is too common.” David Wells, “God in the Wasteland”
Matthew 16:24-27 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
Does the church inspire you? Why or why not?
If I had to answer that question today, I’d have to say that the Western church, except in small pockets, does not inspire people to live Holy Spirit empowered lives that impact the world. We seem to busy compromising with the world. We seem too busy pursuing the values of wealth and prosperity to impact the world with the Gospel. Sadly God lays lightly on too many portions of the evangelical church today.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be inspired…and I want to inspire others for the sake of Jesus my savior and Lord. I do not want to be the center of my world…that’s Christ’s place. My prayer is that my life, empowered by the Holy Spirit, will inspire others for the sake of the Gospel. I hope that you will join me in that prayer.