Failure and Success: Status Symbols
Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man….—Revelation 1:12-13
In our time we have all kinds of status symbols in the Christian church—membership, attendance, pastoral staff, missionary offerings. But there is only one status symbol that should make a Christian congregation genuinely glad. That is to know that our Lord is present, walking in our midst!…
No matter the size of the assembly or its other attributes, our Lord wants it to be known by His presence in the midst. I would rather have His presence in the church than anything else in all the wide world.
Hearing the proud manner in which some speak of the high dollar cost of their sanctuaries must lead people to suppose that spirituality can be purchased. But the secret of true spiritual worship is to discern and know the presence of the living Christ in our midst….
The Christian church dares not settle for anything less than the illumination of the Holy Spirit and the presence of our divine Prophet, Priest and King in our midst. Let us never be led into the mistake that so many are making—sighing and saying, ‘Oh, if we only had bigger, wiser men in our pulpits! Oh, if we only had more important men in places of Christian leadership’ Jesus Is Victor, 59-60,63.
“Lord, I pray that I might never deviate from that significant thought: ‘I would rather have His presence in the church than anything else in all the wide world.’ May that be my prayer this morning. Amen.”
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