Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy – a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart. 2 Chronicles 7:14-16
This is a poem that I just wrote out during my prayer time this past week. It is the way I see things going on within the churches today. It all started about 7 yrs ago when I was looking around my church during the service one Sunday and I was praying to the Lord. I was praying because I didn’t sense the presence of the Spirit of God at all during the worship service. I looked around and saw apathy written all over the faces of many of the people in the congregation. I saw boredom and routine, tradition and religion. What I saw before me was not what was portrayed in the scriptures as a people with the light of Christ coming off of their faces or the Spirit of God exuding from their hearts. It was a hollowed-out religious practice and it led me to pray this prayer:
“Is this all there is, Lord? Is this all that you desire from your church? Is this all there is to it?”
It was then that the Spirit of God began speaking to me and saying within my heart, “This is what the Spirit has to say to the churches.” Since that time, God has opened my eyes to see things within the church that were veiled to me before. Things that need to change: Like the way we conduct worship, the way we steward our money, the way we use our time, the lack of true love for one another, and that our church mentality needs to change in regards to who we are and what our job is while here on earth. It’s been strongly placed within me from the Lord that the Church must change! We need to become the Bride that he will proudly call home one day. We are nowhere near that and it’s time to change things up and seek the Lord will ALL our heart and turn and repent from our ways of leaning on our own understanding. For far too long – definitely a grace period from our loving Lord – we’ve gone about conducting worship of Almighty God in such a way that is a mere shadow of what it needs to be. The world is not seeing the real Jesus in the church and that’s why so many have exited the church. We need to become the people who Christ calls us to be instead of being a people who make up our own set of rules and standards and label it Christianity.
I could go on and on but I’ll continue to write more later. In the meantime, here’s the poem:
I see people coming and going
There’s no filling at all
Faces of disappointment and displeasure
Hearts rejecting it all.
I see arms crossed and folded
Across the chest
Wandering eyes shifting
Receiving a timely word at best.
Where is true worship?
Has it disappeared altogether?
Where is koinanea?
You know…true love for one another?
I see people coming and going.
Are they changed here at all?
Have they been transformed so much so
That they can rise up from their fall?
Where is the Spirit of God?
How is his power displayed?
Instead, I see us going through the motions
Just playing a part in a play.
This worship it sickens me!
It angers me to the core!
My God deserves better!
Honor, Blessing, Praises and more!
What have we allowed to take place?
We’ve loosened our hand from God’s grip
Pride has caused us to look to ourselves
And now we’re just steering our own ship.
Repent, O Church! Turn away from your pride!
The God of all Glory will not let this abide.
He is a jealous God – and you know the Story
He alone is the receiver of glory!
Turn! Turn! Repent while there’s still time!
The Bridegroom is coming for your family, and mine
What will you do? Just sit and do nothing at all?
Pleased to go about your own business and ignoring his call.
I’m afraid for the Church
It’s grown deaf and lazy
Dead people walking around
I see a grave plot covered with daisies.
There’s a yearning inside us
A crying for more!
The Church has pushed aside the Spirit
Packed him up and thrown him out the door.
Woe to the Church!
For ignoring the Trinity
It’s Father, Son, and Spirit
That must dwell in this vicinity!
I understand this is just a poem
But it’s the cry of my heart
That the Church will repent
And make a new start.