If Paul Could Come Today

If Paul could come to many of our churches today, what might he say to us? We can only speculate. One thing that likely would trouble him would be how institutionalized we have become. Perhaps he would ask if we have organized the Holy Spirit right out of our activities. In fact, if the Holy Spirit left, would we know? Certainly, we need some basic organization but we don’t need it to the point that we rely on our organizing instead of upon the Holy Spirit’s direction. The church is, first and foremost, an organism. Another thing that might concern Paul is our routine. There is nothing wrong with knowing what we are doing unless we have let “form” replace “substance.” The church is the body (Spiritually) of Christ! Instead of a religious meeting, our local assemblies should be vibrant with His life being expressed among us and through us. Routine can be boring; Jesus’ love and life are exciting. Restoration of vibrant faith hinges much on each genuine Christian truly interacting with our Savior, in the Word and prayer. If we have taken on “religion,” it’s time to discard it and focus on relationship. Paul’s charge to Christians at Rome, In Romans 12:10-12, is needed in our churches today: “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.” Bessie Porter Head’s hymn, “O Breath of Life,” gives us a prayer that we would be well advised to make our own, if apathy and passivity is going to be purged from many local churches today: “O Breath of Life, come sweeping through us, revive Thy church with life and pow’r. O Breath of Life, come, cleanse, renew us, and fit Thy church to meet this hour. O Wind of God, come bend us, break us, till humbly we confess our need; then in Thy tenderness remake us, revive, restore, for this we plead. O Breath of Love, come breathe within us, renewing thought and will and heart; come, Love of Christ, afresh to win us, revive Thy church in every part. Revive us, Lord! Is zeal abating while harvest fields are vast and white? Revive us, Lord, the world is waiting, equip Thy church to spread the light.” Selah! We can do nothing and add to the problem or seek revival and look to God to set our hearts on fire. which will it be?    Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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One thought on “If Paul Could Come Today

  1. all of your writings are beautiful, but this is especially so.
    now i need to find this hymn. thank you pastor ron.

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