“I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH”
I don’t know how many of you are reading these blogs, but here is a thought God gave me this week. I hope you take the time to read it and let it encourage you.
The promise of “I will build my church” was meant to encourage the disciples. They were walking along the dusty roads of Caesarea, north of Jerusalem. They were essentially in exile. The Jewish, religious and political leaders had targeted Jesus and were determined to have Him Killed. The people were looking for a political, military, and economic Messiah to deliver them, but Jesus had already disappointed those hopes. The multitudes that once followed Him, had turned away AS SOON AS HIS TEACHING CHALLENGED THEM (John 6:66). Sounds alot like today.
But really who could blame the disciples (those in the church today) if they were discouraged? The whole concept of the kingdom as the disciples knew it seemed far out of reach. The idea and expectation of Jesus on an earthly throne, His kingdom sweeping across the earth, didn’t appear to be working. On the contrary, they were a small band of nobodies, rejected and FEELING LIKE THEY WERE GOING NOWHERE.
And if all that wasn’t bad enough, Jesus began to speak about how he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things, (Matt.16:21). Peter was so outraged that he rebuked Him (v.22).
Their confidence was shattered. Their hope was waning. They had to have been very confused and concerned about what they heard. But it was in the context of all of this that Jesus reassured them, “I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH.” He wanted them to know that there was no variation from the original plan. That nothing was lost. The vision had not changed.
I don’t know if that gives you encouragement, but it has me. No matter how beleaguered, without, not growing, overwhelmed, struggling the church may seem, the Lord will not abandon His own. When the people of God seem weakest, look again. Jesus is still building His church.
THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF OUR TROUBLES DO NOT ALTER HIS ORIGINAL DESIGN FOR HARVEST CHURCH!
When Jesus said, “I will build my church,” He gave the strongest possible guarantee of the church’s ultimate success. “If He is for us, then no devil can stop us.”