THE PASSION OF PURPOSE - PART 5
Brothers and sister, do you have a burning passion for the eternal purpose of God? Does His prupose and desire burn deep within your bosom? Can you say with your Lord that zeal for your Father’s House has consumed you? Have you taken up His purpose as your own?
Perhaps…perhaps not. Perhaps you really don’t know the answers to these questions. To those of you who say that you do have a burning passion for the Lord’s house, I challenge thusly: What are you going to do about it? What are you willing to do to see this purpose accomplished on the earth? To those of you who don’t know if you have such a passion I challenge thusly: When will you know? How will you know? Do you really want it? Hopefully, if this article serves it’s purpose, you will know how you stand after reading it.
In order to help you answer this all-important question in your life, I have come up with a test that you can use to see if you really do want what the Lord wants or if it’s all just a pipe dream, a theory that you will never put into practice. You know the old saying, “put your money where your mouth is?" Well, now it’s time to put your practice where your mouth is.
An Old Story
Before we get to our test, I would like to tell you a story that you have already heard. I doubt, however, that you have ever realized the full significance of one aspect of this story. I am bringing to light the significance of this story so that you can understand my little test.
As you all know, in century one, there was something tremendous that happened on the day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit was poured out and the Church was born on earth. The aspect of this story that I want to speak from is the effect this had on the people who were here. How did they did they put into practice the passion that was born in their hearts for the purpose of God?
Pentecost in Jerusalem
First of all, let me give you some background on what was happening in the city of Jerusalem during the time of the feast of Pentecost. This will give you a greater understanding of what was going on in the hearts and minds of 3,000 people who were “added to the Lord” that day.
Let’s back up a little to about one month before the day of Pentecost. What was going on? Well, all roads leading into Jerusalem were jam packed with travelers. These travelers were Jews who were coming from all over the world to join in the annual celebrations of Passover and Pentecost in Jerusalem. For weeks, they have been on ships, caravans on roads, traveling over mountains and rivers from every continent in the inhabited world.
Jerusalem is a city about one square mile in size. The usual population was around 100,000. During the feasts of Passover and Pentecost, the population swelled to a staggering 500,000!All these people were jam packed into one square mile! So that means that we can estimate that about only one fifth of the population in the city of Jerusalem at this time were actually locals!
Now don’t forget that the apostles and those with them in the upper room were not locals either. The Lord had told them to go to Jerusalem to wait. Those 120 people were from Galilea. So, just for the sake of our story, let’s say that we have 120 people from Galilea and then another 3,000 most of whom have traveled to Jerusalem from other cities. One fifth of 3,000 is 600, so that means that about 2,400 people were non-local, plus the 120 from Galilea. So that makes about 2,520 people here in Jerusalem from all over the place.
The Passion Begins
Now something wonderful, powerful, and totally awesome comes to the earth. The Father sends His Spirit into the assembled believers in that little second story room. The streets below are jammed with people making their way to the Jewish festivities of the day. They hear some strange noises coming from this upper room, and then they hear voices speaking and proclaiming in their native tongues. You know the story. Three thousand people come to the Lord that day.
Now let’s take a look at the huge problem facing all of the new believers the next day.
The Day After Pentecost
Now let’s assess our situation. We have 120 people from Galilea. We have 2,400 people from all over the world. We have 600 locals. And all 3,120 of them have met the Living Lord! They have “seen” Him. He has come to make His abode inside of them and among them. They are crazy with excitement! This is the birth of the Church on earth! This “revival” has been tremendous.
Now everyone can go home…right? WRONG!
All 3,120 of them decide to stay in Jerusalem!
Now let’s talk about some passion for the Lord’s House.
Remember, 2,520 of these people are from out of town. They don’t live in Jerusalem. In order to stay here, they would have to leave all behind. They have no homes in Jerusalem. They have no jobs in Jerusalem. They have no family in Jerusalem. They don’t even have a place to sleep tonight! Are you starting to see my point?
Those 2,520 people fell head over heels in love with their Lord! And that passion was expressed in the Lord’s House, the Body of Christ, the Church! Just imagine it. The 600 people who lived in Jerusalem had to somehow house and feed the other 2,520 from out of town! Yet the record states “there was no lack among them!” That’s amazing! They left all to follow Him. Sound familiar? Remember, Jesus Christ had left all that He had in the eternals with the Father to come to earth. The twelve left all to follow the Lord. The 120 had left all to come to Jerusalem. And now another 2,400 left all to be in the church.
My wife and I just recently moved to Jacksonville, Florida from California. We didn’t move here for a job. We didn’t move here for the weather. We didn’t move here for a house, or because our family is here. We moved to Jacksonville, Florida because we found a group of believers here that have fallen passionately in love with the Lord. We found a group of believers here who desire to live church first century style! We found a group of believers here who want to know their Lord deeply and experience this thing called “church life” together.
So Now What?
So now, brothers and sisters, I ask you the same questions again”
What are you prepared to do?
If you say that you have passion for the Lord’s eternal purpose then put your practice where your mouth is!
Where is your treasure?
Are you even looking for the treasure?
And when you find it, are you ready, willing, and able to leave all to purchase it? It’s a very sad thing to say, but most Christians don’t see much value in the Church! Our esteem of her is very low. Most Christians move to a town because of a job, house, property, weather, or family. Moving because of the Church is almost unheard of! Yet in century one, it was common-place.
Remember Mary of Bethany pouring out the alabaster of oil upon the head and feet of Jesus? Brothers and sisters, the best advise I can give you is to pour out your lives upon the Lord Jesus. “Waste” your life getting to know Him and His Church.
If you have been seeing what I am saying in these articles, then you are faced with a decision. Either you are going to have to find some other believers in your area who want church life, or you are going to have to move. This is not something that is plentiful! If you actually find some believers near you who want this also, then you are going to need some outside help. I personally know of some people who can help you. If you need to move to another location, then I can give you a list of cities where there are believers who are living close to one another, have placed Christ at the center and head, and are pursuing Him with all their hearts.