The latter part of Acts 2:47 tells us that the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
After reading the above this morning, some thoughts rolled through my mind……as follows:
Churches all over Nigeria boast of huge numbers(membership) year after year. More members, more weekly and monthly programs, more edifices all over the country, more displays of wealth "as provided by God" – so they say.
Praise God for His wonderful works.
But then I’m asking myself: if the huge numbers are true, shouldn’t the country should "become better and better" socially, economically, politically? considering that there are many Churches and the Lord is constantly adding to the Church daily?
If more and more people have been "added to the Church?…such that ARE SAVED?"; therefore more and more people would uphold righteousness and integrity in their private and public lives; more and more business owners and partners would uphold fairness, honesty and disregard unjust gain/profit; more and more people to seek the good of their friends, family, neighbors and strangers; more and more people in the service of the Lord, day in, day out; more and more people to champion the Lords prayer which says "thy kingdom come, thy will be done ON EARTH, as it is in Heaven"!
Shouldn’t we see at least a light, hear some positive news about upwardly progressive changes in offices and positions of public-authority occupied by these "believers"?
Or are we saying that its only the poor and destitute that God is adding to the Church year after year? people that live from hand to mouth? families whose last pot of oil is about to run out? And then I ask, if such is true, who has the Lord been blessing? those at the pulpits or those at the pew? Is God partial?
How about the rich and well-placed who tell us they are believers too? they have the wealth, the status, the social influence and the opportunity to leave footprints in the sand that will sing the praises of God from the lips of generations to come.
Hmm. Why is it that looking across the length and breadth of this country, the whole thing seems dark, dreary and very hopeless? Is God really adding to the Church daily? or is there an open backdoor in the Church whereby "the added" are trooping back into the world?
Why can’t we see the blessings of God in this Egypt because of a Joseph in the palace? Are there any Joseph’s in Pharaoh’s Palace?
Are there no more Shadrach’s Meshach’s and Abednego’s whose spiritual convictions, faith and faithful-standing becomes so inviting to God Himself would He would come down into this fire of corruption, wickedness, poverty, murder, death, disregard for law and order – until the Nebuchadnezzars of our day see the visible form of God with their physical eyes?
Then it occured to me: perhaps:
Perhaps, our Joseph’s wherever God placed them didn’t flee from potiphar’s wife? Perhaps, our Daniel’s bowed to pressures, refused to pray when they should, and so were never in the Lions den; perhaps our hebrew children in Babylon compromised their stand – so God decided not to bother Himself.
Our nation hath changed their gods, which are yet no gods? our people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. Jer_2:11
Have a blessed day!