For This I Labor

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I labor, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me. (Colossians 1:28-29)

From the start of my Christian walk (nearly 9 years ago) there has been something deep inside me. A desire to undermine all the things that I see stopping the church from becoming all it was meant to be. I would express it to my dad in passionate words of frustration, “I don’t just want revival, I want to see something that lasts!”

Much of what I study and write comes out of that desire. It comes from a place of wanting to see the church rise up once again in the power of the Holy Spirit. To see the church that I read about, not only in the Bible, but in history books. One that prayed. That conquered overwhelming obstacles. That saw the hand of God in it’s gatherings and throughout the cities it lived in.

This church is alive and well in China, Africa, and the Middle East. But here in the West, in Europe and the United States the church has fallen into deep spiritual slumber. False teaching and sin have overrun it. The light of the world is hidden in these lands. The salt of the earth has lost it’s savour.

There has to be more than emotional services with light shows and fog machines. There has to be more than nice home gatherings with food dishes and fellowship. There has to be more that “doing life together,” than protecting our heritage, than fighting for political power and intellectual respect. There has to be!

Where is the church that turns the world upside down? Where are God’s people against whom the very gates of hell cannot prevail? There is a great need for Awakening and revival, that is true. But we need something that is sustainable, that doesn’t burn brightly with a flash of emotion and then dies.

I want to see that happen. To see the church of Jesus Christ mature into His fullness. The only way to do that is to demolish the strongholds that keep back the church from obeying Christ and in their place to erect the truths of God’s Word.

For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly but mighty through God for demolishing strongholds. We tear down reasonings and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

That is why I write. That is why I preach. That is why I will continue to proclaim to God’s people His Word with all the energy that Christ works within me. Because there are many things that need to be dismantled. There are many areas that need to brought into submission to Christ. But most of all I do all this because Christ deserves the reward of His suffering. He deserves a mature church. He desires this, and that is what I will work towards until my dying breath.

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