Sunday, 6 September 2015

The Ornamental Christian: Forgotten What We're For?

"Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven" (Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 16:17; NIV).

We found the following little nugget in an old worn paperback devotional by Watchman Nee. It blessed us and so we decided to share it here for your meditation.

"The church's foundation is not only Christ but the knowledge of Christ. The tragedy today is that many of us in the churches - indeed many so-called churches - lack such foundation. We do not know Him. To us He is a theoretical or doctrinal Christ, not a revealed Christ. But theory will not prevail against hell, which is what Jesus declares His church is to do. Have we perhaps forgotten what we are for? Visiting Western homes I have sometimes seen a beautiful porcelain plate, not put to use on the table, but wired and hung up to the wall as a treasured ornament. Many, it seems to me, think of the Church like that, as something to be admired for the perfection of its form. But no, God's Church is for use, not decoration. An appearance of life may seem to suffice when conditions are favourable, but when the gates of hell come out against us, we know well enough that what we each need above all is a God-given vision of His Son. It is first-hand knowledge that counts in the hour of testing."

Have we become simply ornamental Christians, on display like a fancy plate? Have we forgotten what we are really for? I hope not. Something to think about. Peace.

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Quote Source: Watchman Nee

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