Day 11 – Don’t Fear the Fire
If the primary purpose of the church was to hold out propositional truth, Jesus might have been seen walking in a library. If the church was ultimately a preaching center, He might have walked among the lecterns, soapboxes or pulpits. If the purpose of the church was primarily to deploy troops on a mission for Christ, Jesus might have walked on the deck of an aircraft carrier. If the purpose of the church was primarily to treat the wounded, He might have been walking the halls of a hospital. When John saw the exalted, enthroned Christ in the first chapter of the book Revelation, however, the Lord was walking among the flame holders. Each flame holder represented a different local church during the first century in what is now the western half of Turkey. These same flame holders show us that the primary purpose of the church is to hold out the fire of the manifest presence of God.
It is quite possible that your church family today does not resemble a flame holder. You may not see it that way, but God does. Perhaps your entire church experience, even the church you grew up in, might have been boring, predictable and forgettable, not at all a flame holder in which you encountered the manifest presence of Christ. Jesus has a different perspective as that what your church should be. Today, agree with God’s perspective and start to see your church as a flame holder. In the space following, using simple words or phrases, describe what it would look like for the manifest presence of Christ to fill your Sunday morning worship.
Lord Jesus, what You are teaching me today is _______________________________________
Jesus, the action step that I will take is ______________________________________________