Who Is Your Main Attraction at Church?
There is one fundamental characteristic that is distinctive of sheep as stated in John…
Bible Text: “He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore, this joy of mine is fulfilled.”– John 3: 29
I strongly believe and I think we can all agree that we are in the last days before our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ returns. For all, even the dead in Christ for precious are they in His sight (Psa.116 v 15). There is one fundamental characteristic that is distinctive of sheep as stated in John 10 v 27 (NKJV)
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
This is in consonance with the Bible text for today in John 3 v 29 (NKJV) which says
“The bridegroom is the one to whom the bride belongs; but the bridegroom’s friend, who stands by and listens, is glad when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This is how my own happiness is made complete.”
Our goal as pilgrims here on earth, knowing that our real home is in heaven alongside Christ Jesus, are encouraged to look unto Him who is able to grace us with the required strength to endure the cross. That means despising the shame that comes with following Christ that we might be seated at the right-hand side of the throne of God (Heb.12 v 1-2).
If this is the case then I challenge you to ask why does your heart “change” when you fellowship or identify with other believers in the body of Christ? In Heb.10 v 25, we have been created to not to give up fellowship with other believers in our various churches. This is in accordance with Rom.1 v 11-12 (NKJV)
“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established— that is, that I may be encouraged together with you “by the mutual faith both of you and me”.
This faith comes first through hearing the word of God, which should be our primary focus in such gathering… Christ being taught and we received Him joyfully. Unfortunately, it seems most Christians are more interested in attending or being identified in churches. Why? Because wherever the church has been hyped about on social media, tv, radio, and the internet as a trendy topic, that’s where I want to be seen.
It is important to note the warning given in 1Tim.4 v 1 (NKJV) saying
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.”
In addition, in accordance with Christ’s advice to the disciples in Matt.26:41 He asked them to watch and pray. Why? For the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. We are to carefully be sensitive to preachers & messages that minister primarily to the flesh and its lustful desires (2Jhn. 2 v 15-17). Now that is not to say that those who carry out the commission to strengthen our spiritual being has not been effective. God warns us because He made us. Which means He knows what we as people are like. And the intentions behind what and why we do what we do. He teaches us to fast and pray so that we do not become “itching Christians”.
2Tim.4 v 3 (GNT) saying
“The time will come when people will not listen to sound doctrine, but will follow their own desires and will collect for themselves more and more teachers who will tell them what they are itching to hear.”
In Acts 8 v 5-6;8 it says
“Philip went to the principal city in Samaria and preached the Messiah to the people there. The crowds paid close attention to what Philip said, as they listened to him and saw the miracles that he performed. So there was great joy in that city.”
Our true and complete joy is first in one accord as an individual and then as believers in the body of Christ by heeding to the spoken word of God. He is the only One able to save our souls (Heb.10 v 38-39), not the preacher or the praise and worship team.
In conclusion, we should seek, fellowship and commune primarily where Christ is being preached regardless of the person that stands before you. They are a reflection of Him. God uses His people to bring attention to Himself, not the vessel. This is what would be measured in our lives, how much of Christ have we let in our lives (Luke 2v7) by how we take what we ingest at church.
This reminds me of King Herod that although being greatly disturbed by the words spoken by John the Baptist in Mark 6 v 14-19, he still received him. This should our attitude to Christ being preached. For Christ word is able to save us, giving us complete joy in Him which prepares unto every good work proposed concerning us (1Tim.3 v 16-17).
Reflection: Fellowship where Christ is irrevocably being preached. This would help in strengthening your spirit man and thus, your faith against the lustful desires of the flesh.