The church is people and the kingdom is people. Words we use frequently can become in thought a building or a government. Which is not wrong, for the building in which we as people meet is called a church building; and the kingdom in which we are apart is called the government of God. But we must never forget it is people, not a building, not a government. For God so love the world (people) He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life. This is not an idea it is a person, Jesus Christ, who died for people. We must never lose sight of people in the midst of kingdom things that are about to bust wide open. The kingdom is people, the world is people, the church is people.
Our church has been doing what is called Host 90. As a group, we are reading together one chapter of the Bible a day, as families. Today is Day 56 and we are reading 1 Corinthians 4. As I was reading it this morning, verse 20 jumped off the page, “For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.” I have heard this many times, I know this verse, but today, it was highlighted to me in living color. Here is how I heard it in the spirit, “The people of God are not talkers, they don’t operate by their mind alone, but they are people of miracles, abundance, strength and excellence of soul.” As I heard this, I asked myself the question is this true of us? I have no control over anyone but me, but I am apart of a “church” locally, Nationally and Internationally, who I am inidividually effects who we are corporately. Therefore, I had to stop and ask, am I a mere talker or do I operate in power?
I believer we all need to ask this question of ourselves.
In this month of Elul, the final month of the Hebrew year, we are invited to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. The question before us today is are we “talkers” or are we ones who are operate in “power”? The best thing about this question is if we don’t like the answer we honestly give to ourselves, we can repent of being talkers and ask the Lord to release His power to us, through us and in us. For we are the temple of God! We are His church! Have a great Sunday.