Friday is for Heart Songs
It is almost beyond dispute that the 21st Century church in America is filled with base elements and is a shadow of what Christ would have us be in holiness and purity. We are less than what we ought to be, less than what we could be, and spiritually impoverished compared to the spiritual resources at our disposal. We are like children playing with an abundance of spiritual toys without knowing anything of their value.
We have Bibles and Bible translations and resources at the press of a mouse click, that would cause previous generations of suffering saints to weep with joy over possessing. But still, our study and meditation on the word of God is almost completely haphazard and trifling. Our commitment to mission and church planting wanes and we spend almost all of our resources on ourselves rather than taking the gospel to the least, the lost, and the last. Paul’s words to the Corinthians are completely appropriate to us:
And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people
but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.
—-1 Corinthians 3:1
In the 20th century, A.W. Tozer echoed the same Pauline sentiment, and his observation of the church 50 years ago is more true today.
“I believe that it might be well for us if we just stopped all of our business and got quiet and worshiped God and waited on Him. It doesn’t make me popular when I remind you that we are a carnal bunch, but it is true, nevertheless, that the body of Christians is carnal. The Lord’s people ought to be a sanctified, pure, clean people, but we are a carnal crowd. We are carnal in our attitudes, in our tastes and carnal in many things. Our young people often are not reverent in our Christian services. We have so degraded our religious tastes that our Christian service is largely exhibitionism.
We desperately need a divine visitation-for our situation will never be cured by sermons! It will never be cured until the Church of Christ has suddenly been confronted with what one man called the mysterium tremendium*–the fearful mystery that is God, the fearful majesty that is God. This is what the Holy Spirit does. He brings the wonderful mystery that is God to us, and presents Him to the human spirit.
—–A.W. Tozer; The Counselor, 66-67.
* the mystery that is both awe-inspiring and fascinating, enthralling to the heart and animating for all of our affections.
“Lord, we need you. We need a new fervor for you, a new passion to pursue you with the whole of our being. Break us, melt us, mold us, fill us with yourself, that we might overflow with new, fresh, living water for the world and for your greater glory. In Jesus name, Amen.”