John E. Ruffle
How many of us - sub-consciously at least - consider Christianity as an event - that shot in the arm that gets us through a trouble-plagued week? Sundays we go home "blessed" when God has "really moved" - but face the week deflated when the programme is dead. Let's be honest, many of us are hooked on that weekly holy-roller coaster ride.
Please don't misunderstand. I'm all for the large "celebration" meetings. They are a hallmark of many great churches around the world. But should they not be the culmination of a daily lifestyle of Christian service that includes those intimate home meetings, along with prayer, witness and action in our community?
Surely the meetings that REALLY count - where our inner life really stems from - are those special "private times" we have with HIM alone. Ideally a daily occurrence, I find it imperative to find a quiet slot in the day (early morning is my best time) where the distractions are non-existent.. even with five young children! Frankly, this is the only way I've found to really be on top the daily struggles that I inevitably face.
Our quiet times allow the Word of God to work His changes in us - from the inside out. With a heart prepared, the cells and celebrations add flaming fuel to our already ignited inner fire, and united, we can become an orchestra in God's hands. Truly, celebrations can become a catalist for faith, yet preaching from a pulpit (or over the Internet!) are not enough. Our faith has to be live out each day. And that's not the responsibility of an anointed preacher. It's up to each one of us.
So let's learn to face God (and ourselves!) in the still of the day. Because when we push beyond our natural earth bound "comfort zones", we shall come bursting out of those secret closets, meeting our world in the power and glory of Jesus Christ, our Risen Saviour. Now that's really what the world is waiting to see!
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