For the past year or so we’ve been singing a chorus in worship from the choir anthem entitled, “Let the Church Arise.” In a week or two (God willing), the choir will sing the entire anthem again. The chorus says, “Let the church arise! Let us stand for what is holy, let us stand for what is right, and live our lives as a beacon in the night. No we will not compromise. Let the church, let the church arise!”
The early church in the book of Acts gave us a pattern to follow in seeing the church arise. “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.” Acts 9:31 (ESV)
Are we following that pattern? I’m afraid that many times we have it backwards. Instead of walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, we are walking in the comfort of the Lord and the fear of the Holy Spirit. We seem to seek comfort in a casual relationship with Jesus, which we end up taking for granted. Not only that, but we walk in fear of the Holy Spirit asking us to do anything bold or courageous. We don’t want to be seen as fanatics so we blend in with the world and, as a result, we become irrelevant to the lost.
This season of pandemic and political polarity has even seen church members who’ve decided to shine the light on everything but the gospel of Christ. We can only be a beacon in the night if Jesus is shining through us and God is being glorified. Join me, in re-focusing on standing for what is holy and right and bringing glory to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. Let the church arise!