Jesus said in Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me, in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” I believe that statement is just as relevant and true today as it was when Jesus spoke it. So why is the American church not on fire for Christ? Why have we bought into the idea that a church must be run like a business? Understand that this does not describe all churches but sadly many fall into this category.
The church has become irrelevant because for decades we have left the call to be witnesses and have become focused on budgets, buildings, and baptisms. The budget has become the almighty god of the church, more and bigger buildings are the reason for existence, and baptisms are a nice addition if they happen but are not necessary for church growth. Little thought is given to the God who is able to provide, to the One who sent His Son, to true purpose of the church. In the eyes of many, the church is hamstrung by the amount of money that is received because they rely on themselves and not God. The modern church has a form of godliness but denies the power that is available through the Holy Spirit.
The exciting news is that as long as I have breath, I have a God given call to be a witness and so do you. The opportunities are still there! People like my Christian brothers and sisters in Baltimore are willing to sacrifice everything to advance the gospel. I have little time for budgets, buildings are useful tools, and baptisms are important only if it is an outward expression of an inward conversion. Another church awakening is needed and my prayer is that God will choose to bring revival to a lukewarm church in a way that has never been seen. Before this can happen; believers must repent, refocus, and serve our Lord without reservation. Let’s all join as believers to repent and call on our mighty God to bring revival.