After the resurrection, Christ commissioned His eleven disciples to go into the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and though them to observe the things He commanded them to do. He said, He will be with them always. The same command He extended to us, the 21st century Church. We are to be the light of the world that dispels darkness, the salt of the earth, to bring transformation to our communities and society and to bring hope to the hopeless, sight to the blind and to set free those who were captive. But, the church today were crippled by our unhappy division, hatred, prejudices and competion are within Her ranks and congregations, this kind of attitude hampers the growth towards maturity and slows down the progress for unity. The fragmentations brought by these divisions strips Her of vitality and stamina that cause Her not to be an effective witnesses for Christ before the world. The scandals, heresies and the most serious of these is Apostasy that brings death to Her faith that leads to Idolatry, arrogance, self sufficiency and liberalism. I'm not surprise that most beautiful church buildings today are converted to museums which was not intended to be by the faithfuls from the very beginning. The church did drifted away from the standard that God set before Her and one of these was to bring hope and ligth to the nations.
The challenge is to restore to the church what was lost, her first love, her savor to preserve her dying effectivity as living witnesses for Christ and to display God's manifold wisdom and grace to the World.
The book of revelation speaks of the present condition of the Church today where Jesus addressed it to the seven churches about their contaminated attitudes by the world. Christ pointed out their shortcomings against God's set standards and offers remedy to escape God's avenging wrath to come. At the end of every confronting words Christ challenge them by allowing their insensitive heart and dull ears to hear to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches and to grant a great reward for the overcomers. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him! May our heart be in tuned to His Holy Spirit and hear what is He saying to us today.