In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I share.
‘Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing?’ (Haggai 2:3)
Especially in recent months and years, the church has seen a growing unrest, one that has made itself known in waves, both in the whisperings that happen in person as well as in the bold blog posts and discussions held on the internet.
Some of us ask, “How could the church do something like this to a worker like that?”
Others ask, “If the church is in the right, why doesn’t it say anything?”
Still others ask, “How can it be possible that the true church is like this?”
How, indeed? Continue reading
I continue to work my way up the mountain,
Walking along the steep path
Following the narrow road.
Such a difficult path is walked
I look around at my fellow climbers
Many have fallen
Prey to the lions, pitfalls, and storms.
Too many no longer get up.
Sometimes I stumble,
But my guide picks me up
Again and again.
However, as time passes
And the climb continues
I grow weary
I grow weak
I grow burdened
Down with life’s worries and cares
What a heavy load.
Why go on?
Once more, my guide encourages me
Once more, He gives me strength.
I will help you each step of the way
I will always be there for you
I will never let you go
You must move on.
He reminds me that
Although we have troubles
We are not defeated
Although we are lost
We do not lose hope
Although we are attacked
We do not falter
Although we suffer
We are never alone.
I walk on.
In the world today, with hundreds of different styles of clothing to choose from, people often define who you are or what type of person you might be by what you wear. Clothes are something seen and judged by everyone; different clothing changes the way somebody perceives you. Similarly, our spiritual clothing is seen and perceived by everyone around us.
What is our spiritual clothing?
In the Bible, clothes represent deeds (in Revelation 4:4, it records the 24 elders dressed in white, representing their pure hearts and righteous deeds). So what kind of spiritual clothes do we wear today? Do our friends see us clothed in white, as the 24 elders are? Or do they see us in the same clothes they wear, grimy and blackened with sin? In Haggai 2:9, God promises us that the glory of the new temple (modern day TJC) will be more than that of the old temple (the apostolic church). In the days of the apostles, thousands were baptized in one day, and each day more and more believed (Acts 2:41,47). But how can we even compare with them?
We must set the example. Us. Our generation. It is God’s charge to us today to go out into the world to preach–not just with our words, but also with our actions and character, clothed with Christ and carrying out God’s word in everything we do. We are sent out as the salt and light of the world (Mt 5:13-16) so as sons of God, our deeds should shine before men. Our spiritual clothes send a message not just to the Gentiles, but also serve as an example for our brothers and sisters around us. Just as we strive to look presentable to the world in how we dress, we must also look at how we act and speak and live. Like Hymn 397, we should “Let Others See Jesus in You”.