Spiritual Glasses

Jesus saw everything spiritually.  He took everything to His Father in prayer.  He was uncompromising and unapologetic about His standards, and He expected those who followed Him to be as He was.

There is an abomination raging through the church today–an insidious lie that you can be “too heavenly minded to be any earthly good.”  It comes coupled with the ideology that “we have to teach at the level of the youngest spiritual one.”  This is deception, and it is dangerous.  The most radical one among us has not yet come close to touching the Holy God.  Not even close.

The church of Thyatira in Revelation 2 is a striking example of God’s requirement.   The Thyatirans were faithful in love and steadfast in faith.  They endured persecution faithfully.  They served with diligence.  They were the “model” church–down to “giving grace” to a woman named Jezebel; and this is what Jesus held against them.  This woman called herself a prophetess and set herself up as a teacher to those in the church.  She led the people into immorality, giving no regard to purity, and encouraged them to eat food sacrificed to idols (most probably under the umbrella of “grace”).

“What about grace?”  Yes, there is abundant, great grace for us–but grace is not, nor should it ever be, our cop-out to blatant, self-indulgence.  The lie of a comfortable life leads us into spiritual laziness that leaves us unprepared for when the storm hits.  Make no mistake, the storm will hit.

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How does Jezebel look in our day?  She might be the one always coming with a “God told me…” word that never comes to pass.  Her teaching lacks theological soundness and does not fully align with the written Word of God.  She might seem quintessentially hospitable, rushing to welcome new families into the church under the guise of “reaching out” but really so she can expand her influence.

Let me pause to state emphatically:  Not every woman who walks in the authority of a teacher has “a Jezebel spirit.”  Unfortunately, we seem to divide into two camps on the issue of women in church–we either allow (in the name of “grace”) our “Jezebel” to run rampant, preying on our young people and leaving broken people in her wake, or we become so paranoid of women in authority that we quote 1 Timothy 2:12 out of context.  More on that another day.

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There are those who say to “take off your spiritual glasses so you can see the real world.”  Consider this–we wear glasses because our sight is flawed.  Jesus Himself counsels us to put ointment on our eyes that we may see (Revelation 3:18).   Is it more of a problem that we have too many people who see everything spiritually, or that we have too many who see the ministry as a 9-to-5, paycheck producing means to an end (the “end” here being a comfortable life) and see little or nothing spiritually as soon as they pull out of the church parking lot?  Without our spiritual glasses, we are merely the blind leading the blind.

The storm is coming.  Men like David Wilkerson have faithfully heralded it for years; and we are wasting time.  We are training our young people in the barest rudiments of faith–squeezing in 15 minutes of God-time between air-hockey and the Xbox.  The praying generation of grandparents and great-grandparents who learned the faithfulness of God through the Great Depression are dying, and their praying-power is dying with them.  We urgently, desperately need to lead the American Christian into radical obedience and radical love now, while we still have access to resources.  Seasons of spiritual rest are times we should push in harder–asking the Lord to pour out His Spirit and living out the Great Commission.

I long to see churches as a whole leading their young people in putting down the game controller and picking up the Word, where the “icebreaker” for youth service every week is going to the local hospital and laying hands on the sick, where worship begins before the ministry team walks onto the platform.

There’s more.  Let’s go.

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8 Responses to Spiritual Glasses

  1. Cherish says:

    amen, sis. we have so watered down church, ministry, discipleship…justifying it in so many ways. it’s time we get a better prescription for our spiritual glasses & see more clearly!

  2. jelillie says:

    Wow! This is passionate and right on the money! May I reblog?

  3. timbob says:

    Hello. You have thoroughly addressed one of the primary problems facing us today; that being a profound lack of spirituality amongst the saints. I’ve often been given the old “don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re of no earthy good” routine by those who….tend to love their lives in this world.

    Many are fearful of those who strive to grow beyond the perimeters of status quo westernized Christianity. The moment that one begins to go spiritually deep, there seems to be a chorus of brethren ready to pull them back down to earth. The amazing truth is that a heavenly minded person will be of the most earthly good. Such a person will be tending to issues of eternal sigificance instead of engaging in endless forms of entertainment, earthly agendas, and what have you.

    The following link I’m planning to share in my next post, but I’ll mention it here also. It discusses those who see past the temporal and are granted a “glimpse” as it were, of that which is eternal. I don’t know how to describe it, however, I first read this about seven years ago and it has challenged me ever since. To let go of the temporal and draw close to Jesus. When a person begins to grasp the reality of that which isn’t seen, the frivillous things that most of their contemporaries seek after will lose all of their appeal.Here’s the link:
    http://www.tentmaker.org/newinspiration/propheticsavant.html

    It’s great to hear from you again. I’m returning to the blogosphere on a more regular basis and as such, will attempt to visit more often. Blessings always in Jesus name.

  4. Josef Sefton says:

    Thanks Chrystal for consistently and courageously reminding us of the importance of fighting against impurity with God’s word! Jesus said: “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” ( Mathew 5:8). Friends, I hope that you find the link to David Wilkerson’s writing a valuable resource! May our great and gracious God continue to powerfully bless you all!

  5. Josef Sefton says:

    Friends, no matter how blind we be Jesus can bless sinners with the sight of faith in Him!
    Friends, let’s sing from the depths of our soul, “Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna. Blessed is Jesus, the Son of David and the Son of Abraham, that comes in the name of the Lord.”
    cherished Creator thank You for purging out our selfishness, and for coming to live and reign in many of us as King to Your glory!
    Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.” Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.” (Jn 18. 36-38)

    Look unto Lord Jesus and be thou transformed, thou vilest of the vile! Look unto Lord Jesus and His perfect finished work on the cross and be thou transformed, thou vilest of the vile! . Truly He is risen. Believe on Him and turn from sin and He will start cleansing you, for He is near you, sincere searcher for truth, He is near you and He hears your heart speak.
    Majestical Lord Jesus, thank You for graciously healing and oftimes saving us! Bless you for the strength of grace!
    Friends, holy God can save sinners! No matter how blind we be Almighty God can bless sinners with the sight of faith in Jesus! Searchers for truth, ask holy God to bless you, so that your erring feet will walk faithfully in the way of His commandments! Rejoice and leap with joy, for He loves to answer the prayers of sincere, repentant, contrite sinners.Truly the God of the holy Bible loves us!

  6. Wow. What a challenge! Yes, there is more. Let’s go. I really do enjoy reading your posts. I love that you keep your opinions grounded in the Word.

    I don’t blog very often. To be honest, I’m a little unsure of how all this works! Back when I began sharing my story, you gave me some encouraging words, and I thought I’d let you know that I’ve updated a little bit more of what the Lord has done in my marriage and my heart.

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