Is The Church Losing Focus?
When Jesus Christ was leaving the earth to His Father, He gave some instructions to His disciples to keep.He asked them to go into the entire world and make disciples of all men. Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
...The instruction was clear because the Lord Jesus Christ wanted His disciples to draw more souls to the Kingdom awaiting His return. This reminds the church of its mission on earth.
Jesus came to die for the Sin of this world in order for them to repent and come to Him. When they come to Him, He then makes them disciples who would follow His way of life through the teaching and training He would take them through.
It is, therefore, the responsibility of the church to make disciples of all nations by giving them the word that would prepare them for the coming of the Lord that is at hand (Mark 1:5).
It is difficult to tell if the church is doing exactly what the Lord asked it to do. It appears the church has changed focus from what it ought to do and is rather chasing after other things.
If the church can fulfill its mission, then it has to go back to the words of Jesus Christ and be reminded of the fact that, Jesus is coming soon to take a church without blemish. “Just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:25-27).
He is not going to compromise on this at all because it takes only a church without blemish to be in Heaven. No matter how the Lord loves the church, if He comes to find it with blemish, He certainly would take only those without blemish.
How is the church of today preparing souls to be disciples and people who are ready for the coming of the Lord? Are the messages coming from the pulpits truly preparing the congregants for the coming of the Lord or teaching them something different?
The church's vision must be made clear so that it doesn't appear different to other people. It is on earth to continue with the work of Jesus and to bring the world to repentance, awaiting Jesus' coming. If it fails in this mission, then something is amiss.
A cursory look at the church today leaves one wondering what is going on. The craving for miracles and solutions to problems has become the order of the day.
Everybody has a problem but that doesn't take away the need for us to focus on the Lord who delivers and is more interested in the salvation of our souls than any other material things.
This is the time the church ought to go back to principles of holiness and righteousness to prove to the world that the words of the Master are still relevant to them.
The Lord can do more than we expect of Him but His most important expectation is that men may come to know Him and be prepared to meet Him for eternity.
Eternity is no more given consideration as Christians chase their kingdom on this earth rather than the Kingdom of God that surpasses all other things.
The church ought to wake up and be conscious of the duty and the most important thing it has to do: drawing and preparing souls for Jesus' coming. Any other thing that doesn't lead to this is not worth it.
Church of Christ, this is the time to refocus on what the Lord called us onto in this world. The world is passing and its lusts but God's word remains firm: eternity beckons us so we have not time to waste of other things that distract us.
The focus ought to come back to the Kingdom of Heaven which is the final destination.
Theodore Mawuli Kwaku Viwotor Is The Head Of The Pastoral Team Of The Church Of Philadelphia International, Dansoman Near The Police Station.
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