The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 129

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4: 11-13, KJV, italics mine).

Many profess Christianity, but will have nothing to do with the church. Their excuse, more often than not, is that there are ‘too many hypocrites’ in the church. To such people I would give this encouragement: “Don’t let that keep you away. One more hypocrite wouldn’t do the church much harm!” Others want the benefits of church rites without the need for membership. So they turn up to be married and in due time, they are brought back in a casket in a final demonstration of their pseudo-faith. Sadly, such people hold the view that church services are a passport to heaven. What they do not understand is that the church is the organized, executive arm of the kingdom of God. It is the channel through which the memory, influence and life of Christ is mediated to the world. It comprises people who have fellowship in the love and service of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, as an organization, it has a goal, which is to work towards perfecting men and women, and to do so after a particular type of manhood exemplified by the life and character of Jesus of Nazareth. Towards that end, the church meets regularly for instruction, inspiration, edification and communal worship. The apostle Paul, in the scriptures before us, sets this out clearly.

Nevertheless, let us keep the right perspective. The ‘church’ is not perfect, and it never will be perfect this side of eternity. Remember, we are working towards perfection. Thank God for His mercy and loving kindness towards us!

A young girl once asked her grandfather, “why should I go to church?’ He was silent for a moment and then he said, “Tell me, child, has the piano-tuner been here yet? You said the piano needed tuning”. She replied, “He has not. I want so much to play, but it sounds so terrible”. “Now see, my child, our souls are like a musical instrument” he replied. “The strings become slack and out of tune very quickly. They require tuning up from time to time. All our strings - goodness, faith, courage, love and so on - grow less vibrant in us, without our even knowing it. However, when we hear the gospel proclaimed at church, we see how we have lost tune. Then we are tuned up once more to what is the true pitch of righteousness”.

If you are out of fellowship, you are most likely out of tune.

            Devotional                                                                                                                            Preach The Word The Word with Pastor Joseph Rodrigues