We live in a world filled with thoughts of doing and having “better.”
We attend a college/university to earn a degree in hopes of obtaining a better job and financial independence.
We seek out neighborhoods for our families so that we can feel better about their safety.
Mobile phone companies compete to provide their customers with better cellular service than its competitors.
Grocery/shopping stores seek for ways to market their business to attract new customers and retain the existing, by offering better deals on the products most sought after by consumers.
You should desire better. You should desire that your children excel beyond what you’ve accomplished. You should desire better for your community. You should desire better for yourself through gifts the Lord has given you. Once you receive better what will you do with it?
This better mentality also infiltrates the church world. Not too along ago, there were not praise leaders, and liturgical teams and auxiliaries of fine arts and children’s churches. Nooooo NOOO. If you were going to attend a church service, you were going to receive a testimony (because there is power in it and you overcome by the words of your testimony), a few hymns, the ability to pay your tithes and offering, and a word from the Lord. From ages 0-99, evvvvverryyy body gone get the same word. There were the pews, the altar, a mic, and our voices to pray and lift up pure worship and adoration to our Lord and Savior.
Nowadays church leaders are seeking new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the Church and reach generations who were not taught to depend on Jesus.
Church goers are seeking an experience. They want to find a heavenly “experience” – one that will never be forgotten. It’s almost as if there is this thought of: “if you’re going to make me spend part of my day listening to what you have to say, then you need to make it worth my time.” But oh how simple minded the flesh can be. How quickly we forgot that it was the power of God, and His word ALONE that changed our lives, impressed upon us to change our malicious behavior and seek to learn more about Him.
Remember that unexplainable feeling you had when you read about Jesus? You experienced the power of God through hearing and reading His word. He made you worth His time by saving you and now your time is sooo valuable…that same word seems to not be enough- for your time.
“He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.” Psalms 107:20 NKJV
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
The voice of the lord is powerful and His voice is heard through His word:
“The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty.” Psalms 29:4 NKJV
We want God’s will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, but we will not allow His will to be done in our lives.
This trend of better church programs and better this and better that has a tendency to lose sight of the purpose. Do not misunderstand what I am saying.
However your church services are conducted, the organizers should always first consult the Lord for guidance and next operate in the Spirit of excellence. The times of which we live have changed. This has also required the role of the church to change as well. So let us be clear while getting an understanding. Whatever we do, we cannot get lost in the plans or organizations. In the Bible, God said to write the vision and make it plain, but the vision had to come from Him and so it must be constructed and completed by Him, through us.
What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more, but men and women whom the Holy Ghost can use. That is when better has arrived.
Women and men mighty in prayer. Women and men who will fight and stand up for the truth, which is Jesus Christ.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 NKJV
- The Holy Ghost does not dwell in physical structures but through men and women and children.
- He does not come on machinery, but on and in and through us.
- He does not anoint pieces of paper, but men and women and children of prayer and faith in Him.
“And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” II Corinthians 6:16 NKJV
Only a God – THE TRUE AND LIVING GOD can move mountains, but faith and prayer move Him, to move the mountain. Oh my God- I just got excited. Let me end this before I end up writing a book.
We sing a song about having better coming our way. One of the versus state: “I got better coming,” but better has already arrived. We must be willing to receive it.
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” Philippians 2:5-11 NLT
Better is here.
The name is JESUS!