…until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
God gave gifts to the Church.
Those gifts are the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.
If you examine the Scriptures, you will find that the word pastor is only mentioned once.
And yet, we place too heavy a load on pastors.
What is a pastor?
They are a shepherd.
They look after their flock.
If one goes astray, they seek them out and bring them back into the fold.
It has been my experience, however, that most pastors are not pastors, but motivational speakers.
There is a segment of Christendom that rejects the authentic ministry of the Holy Spirit.
They prefer religion.
A missionary friend of mine once said, “You should either get kicked out or sent out of your local church.”
What does that mean?
Simply put, your faith should either promote you or expel you from your local church.
There’s two types of people in this world.
Those who love God and those who don’t.
Their actions and words will betray their motives.
A God centered individual is interested in discipleship.
A worldly centered individual is interested in self-promotion.
Too many churches are led by false pastors.
They abuse their position for monetary gain and have no interest in developing disciples of Christ.
This next move of God will reveal the true sons of God.
We are a people who have no ego, no pride, no agenda.
We simply want Jesus to be preached.
You’re a sinner.
What does that mean?
It means you’re disobedient.
It means you’ve missed the mark.
What is the mark?
Being like Jesus.
To be a Christian is to be like Jesus.
It is to live like He did.
This Western world that we live in is the antithesis of being a Christian.
We are called to lay our lives down.
We are called to forsake the carnal.
We are called to be holy.
Be set apart.
That’s what the world is crying out for.
They need an example to follow.
God forgives you of your sins.
You make bad decisions.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
His divine nature is at work in believers.
I don’t even recognize myself anymore.
Maybe when my sin nature flares up do I say, “Oh yeah, that’s me!”
But that’s not me.
He has called me to something greater.
To live for Christ is to die to self.
I don’t know how to explain it to you, so go read your Bible.
Just remember, you are forgiven.
Christ died so that you can live.
Live in Him.
He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.