“It Is Time To Get In The Ark”
To be out of fellowship is to be in sin; it is like not being prepared for a great and terrifying flood. Many of us have found ourselves playing the role of Rambo-Christians, doing things on our own and giving up on the church. The church is not perfect, because we are not perfect. We must get back or get into a place where we can assemble so that we can get to know each other closely and be able then to do what we are called to do in God.
Again, you may be a member in a church and still be outside of fellowship. God did not call us just to gather on Sundays for a couple of hours. God is calling us to:
1. Stay firm in our faith:
This is done by developing a prayer life; by the study of the Scripture and by coming together to grow in learning sound doctrine. Many people are walking around not sure of their salvation because they are not allowing themselves to be disciples. Our faith and hope are under attack and we must be ready when the attack comes. We are not called to be alone; we are a part of the greatest and most powerful family on the face of this earth.
2. Stay firm in our love for God and in our love for one another:
We must grow in all of the “one-another’s” in the Bible. Our love can only be tested as we come together. We can’t love one another if we don’t come together. Abandoning the church is taking away our opportunity to learn to love.
3. Stay active in good works:
Beloved, many are just sitting in church Sunday after Sunday, doing nothing. They have fallen victims of the One-Man Show. All the work that we need to do as Christians is not focused only in the four walls of the building we mistakenly call the church. However, spiritually speaking, everything we do must flow out of a group of believers who fellowship, pray and form a church government together; that is the true church. We are talking about the apostolic order; the way the original apostles left for us to follow; it is the Godly way of doing things. We must unite our forces with others, learn to work in unity and allow God to use us as His vessels of clay for His glory and for the service of His people.
4. Encourage one-another:
Hebrews 10:25 discusses about a Day approaching; that is not going to be a good day for those that are out of fellowship. When the flood came it was a good day for Noah, his family and the animals that made it in the ark; but for the many that did not enter the ark it was a terrorizing day. No other natural disaster can even come close to the Great Flood of Genesis. Beloved, we need each other! The word “encouragement” comes from the Greek word: (παρακαλέω)parakaléō meaning: “To the side of, to call for, to aid, to help, o to beseech and to invite to come.” Are you helping anybody? Who is calling you when they are discouraged? Who are you calling when it is you who feels like giving up? That Day is coming…are you ready?
The door is not closed yet. It is wide open, waiting for you to enter into safety and into the purpose of God. It is time to enter into the ark! It is time for Christians to come home into a messy and stinky church that will shine, that will be holy, pure and without wrinkles and that will float right up to the arms of God when the flood of the end of age comes. This time it will not be water, this time it will be the terrorizing sounds of the end of this age.