Rising to the Heights
Friday, August 28, 2009

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”  (Col. 3:2)

 

            Over the last 5 years, my ministry has been focused on the Kingdom of God and the Church.  It has been quite an adventure.  The most basic and fundamental thing I have learned or at least have been reminded of is that the world is at its best when the church’s focus is correct.

            During my thesis writing time, I found it incredible that in every major shift of human history, God’s people had a focus on Him, in contrast to the people and times of the day.  Take for instance Abraham’s extraordinary relationship with God.  He was a friend of God, and because of that a great race was born.  But look at the opposite.  When Abraham was pulled away from God, a race was born which has been the enemy of the Jews ever since.  Look at the period of the Exodus.  The people of the captivity cried out for God and God moved in miraculous ways.  And read the Psalms.  In those verses a relationship with God is reflected unlike any other ever written.  But take a corresponding look at the human condition during the reign of David and Solomon.  A peace began to permeate the world unlike anytime in human history.  And then look at the great advancements of Christianity during the reign of Constantine.  Because of the very special relationship of the people at that time, faith in Christ, and great decency, hospitals, and universities began in the world.  Or look at the faith of Luther and Calvin and see the resulting Protestant Reformation.  Examine the Pilgrims seeking freedom to worship God and witness the corresponding founding of the greatest nation in the history of the world and the world-wide Great Awakening. 

            You see, human history always rises to the heights when it seeks first the Kingdom of God.  Jesus promised it and history has proved that fulfillment.  But something is happening in the Church today which ignores that great truth.  Some seek moral reform (what I call sin management) without demonstrating that real moral reform can come only through a relationship with Christ.  Some seek social reform and social reform always fails whenever it is sought for its own sake.  Social reform without Christ only becomes programs laced with greed, government bureaucracy, and mismanagement.

            C. S. Lewis said it best (and I have quoted him often) when he said, “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in.  Aim at earth and you will get neither.”  Without a sustained relationship with Christ, we, in our time are destined to be just another mediocre chapter in human history.  Our advancements will be technological without a corresponding spiritual renewal.  And the results will always be less than satisfying. Our hope will always fall just a little short and our future will lack the luster God so wants.

            I write because it gives me a chance to share my heart.  And my heart yearns for a major shift in the Church’s relationship with Christ.  We will always experience slumps; we will always experience malaise in our spiritual lives until that day when we have a real and honest encounter with Christ.  He can take care of the sin management and the social ills.  We just need to rise to the heights of a personal relationship with Christ as those men and women who scored great moments in human history.


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