Di - Vision
Saturday, September 5, 2009

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"Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated on the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." (Col. 3:1-2)

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Grand Vision.  This is a vision from God, and once you see it you will never let it go.  And that Grand Vision is none other than Christ Himself.  And I believe with all my heart that once an individual or a church catches hold of that vision, life will never be the same.  But there is a vision which is not so grand, and it destroys lives, families, and churches in particular.  I call it di - vision.  A divided vision.  And that vision is straight from the jawbones of hell.

You see, Paul was quite clear we must have a mind set; a heart set on Christ and things above.  Nothing else matters.  But he warns, earthly things are a diversion which will rip a church apart.  When a body of Christ takes its eyes off Him and places them on earthly things, all the Unifying Force is stolen from the Church.  Earthly things which destroy a church are programs, music, instruments, constitutions, by-laws, kitchens, pews, people's illnesses, etc., etc.  And if you are interested in music, programs, etc., you may already be thinking, well I love that or those because that is how I serve God.  And that's okay, as long as none of those things divert your vision away from Christ.  But sadly in churches, problems do not brew around Christ centered, Christ seeking, passionate lovers of God.  Problems occur over things -- carpets, kitchens, programs, small groups, etc.  And in 2009, over 7200 churches will close their doors because Christ was no longer the center of the church.

So how does a church avoid earthly things?  Well it begins in the leadership.  The Church must insist that the elders and pastor are Christ centered people.  They must put Him first above all things -- above even their own families (Lk. 11:26)  And when that happens, the congregation can know that every decision is all about drawing nearer to Him.  Petty politics go away, because its all about Christ and Him crucified.  What a joyous thing that will be.  To do that, each elder must be one who "eagerly desires the job."  It is not a fill in post, or a job that is left to "I will do it if no one else wants to."  It is a job from one who is so passionate in their love of Christ that nothing else matters but serving Him.  The second task comes in calling the Pastor.  He must be a man of God, Christ centered, with a passion that everyone know Him.  Paul wrote, "We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ."  (Col. 1:28) and in Galations 4:19 he wrote, "My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you."  Wouldn't it be wonderful if this was where seminaries were leading our future pastors?

The Grand Vision is the vision of Christ, but the di -- vision is of Satan and the world.  If your church is suffering from di-vision -- many visions about how church ought to be, then you must know, God's enemy has a foothold.  And that should never be.  Remember the words of the song, "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, and the things of this world grow strangely dim. . ." 

Last week we sang the song in my local church, "Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art. Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light."  Wherever your church is; no matter what the state of your church -- pray the words of this song tonight, and tomorrow -- worship Him not the music, not the instruments, not the power point, not the pastor -- worship Him and those things of the world will grow strangely dim.


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