What happened to the old time gospel? Where are our old time preachers? Where are those who refuse to be conformed to ‘civilization’ and liberalisation of the gospel (Rom. 12:2)? Why have we replaced shields of gold with shields of brass (1 Kings 14:26-27)? Why should our standards change when Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8)?
Jesus’ earthly ministry was based on Salvation, deliverance and healing. But in the Church today, we’re more preoccupied with the last two which are, in themselves, only signs pointing us to and drawing us closer to the source of all strength who wants to give us a gift that is eternal; a place in his heavenly Kingdom. We prefer to hear about prosperity which is ephemeral than about Christ’s call to a heart-deep relationship with him.
We often enjoy hearing sermons which remind us of our heritage as co-heirs and our authority as believers but are cold and adamant when the word of God convicts us and exposes our secret sins. The word of God is sharper than any double-edged sword (Heb. 4:12); it convicts, converts and comforts us. It is like the hammer and chisel which, though are crude tools, but without which a stone would remain formless and ‘unbeautiful’.
The Lord would not use the manicure or pedicure set to get you into shape, he’d have to chisel out some pieces of you to make you be more like him and less like yourself, if only you let him. So stop desiring to hear only those messages that appeal to you. Seek for the fullness of God’s word; unedited, unadulterated.
The only work of mercy recorded in the Bible of the good thief (Luke 23:33–43) was that he counselled the ignorant. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to stand for God and proclaim the Gospel even when every other person is in the opposition. You may be termed old school, you even stand the risk of being despised by family, friends and close associates because you spoke some undiluted truth as directed by your master but who would you rather please; God or the world?
Don’t just give a blind eye to your brother who’s heading the way of destruction. Call him to order, correct with love (Gal.6:1) but take heed yourself that you don’t fall. “Love without truth is too soft but Truth without love is too hard”
And whenever you listen to God’s voice; receive it, believe it and act on it. Don’t be carried away, don’t procrastinate, don’t remain obstinate in sin. Jesus is coming again and this time, not as a merciful saviour, but as a just judge.
“If you listen to the voice of thunder, you’d never be soaked by the rain.”
“if you obey the Lord your God and faithfully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, he will make you greater than any other nation on earth. Obey the Lord your God and all these blessings will be yours” (Deut. 28:1-2).
If you’re not preparing for Jesus’ second coming then he’s not coming for you.