Putting the Cart Before the Horse

Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

1 Corinthians 1:7-9 (NLT)
7 Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
8 He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.
9 God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Christian church has been notorious throughout history in putting the cart before the horse. We can see this in Paul’s day and in our own. We have always sought a better way of doing things than the one God has already given. We think we can do it better than God, and for some reason think He needs our help. We can see this in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. “Paul is writing to a congregation who have all experienced the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the initial outward evidence of speaking in other tongues. Later (chap. 14), Paul addresses their overuse of the gift of tongues and directs the Corinthians in the proper use of the gifts for edifying the Church and reaching out to unbelievers. But the problem is with the Corinthians and their attitudes. There is nothing wrong with the gifts. Paul never wants them to stop responding to the Holy Spirit and His gifts. He wants them to know that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are the God-given means for edifying or building up the local church, both spiritually and numerically…Though human effort and modern business methods can bring together a great crowd, the Lord wants every local church to be Spirit-filled, Spirit-empowered, Spirit-gifted, and Spirit-led” (Horton, I & II Corinthians). One would think that after two thousand years of wanting to do things our way we would learn that doing things God’s way is always best. Now can God take modern business practices and use them in the church? Of course He can, but whenever we take God out of the picture we are in trouble. In other words, we should be trying to build the church on the principles of Scripture and the power of the Holy Spirit and not by whatever means is popular at the moment.

In Christ,

Pastor Mark



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