By Patrick Hawthorne
In the past, I have written about the sleeping Church – the Body of Jesus Christ. In one particular post, https://servinggrace.com/2017/01/27/wake-up-o-sleeping-church/, I wrote concerning a prayer that I made to the Lord. In my prayer, I cried out to the Lord saying, “We – the Body – are in such a slumber that there is no distinguishing between us and the deadness of the world. In that same post, and in the same prayer, I wrote that I was somewhat mistaken because the Lord revealed to me that a small stirring was in the process.
That post was written two years ago. Since that time I have witnessed the small beginnings of an awakening within the Body of Christ. I have seen a hunger and a thirst from many to not only walk in the goodness of the Lord but to do it with a sense of urgency. I have witnessed the desire by many to put off the filthy rags of unrighteousness and to walk in pureness and holiness before the Lord. And yes, I am currently seeing these same individuals taking giant leaps of faith by stepping outside of their comfort zones in order to reach the hurting, the wounded, and the lost.
On the other side, I am also seeing many become as the church of Laodicea – the lukewarm church – or the church of Sardis – the dead church (Revelation 3). Knowing that God is about to move in a mighty way, many are making the conscience decision to shrink back into their dens of comfort. Rather than to wait upon the Lord and to see Him move, many are choosing to generate a “kumbaya” – a come by here – type feeling that is fueled by gimmick rather than by the Holy Spirit. Still, others are choosing to do nothing but will openly demean those whose desire is to be pleasing to the Lord.
To all of these, will the Lord be forced to reprimand with the words, “He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels?” (Revelation 3:5). Or worse, will He openly declare, “Depart from Me. I never knew you?”
My intent is not to be negative but to point out that Jesus is coming back soon. Whether soon means today or many days in the future, the time is drawing near. When that time does come, will Jesus find us as the faithful servant, eagerly anticipating His return, or the evil servant, abusing the staff (Matthew 24)? The day of His return need not take us by surprise like a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:4). I want to be ready. What about you? Be blessed.