Acts 8:4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
What most of us have known as church over the years was truly tested in 2020. Some Pastors, dependent on the congregation to minister the gospel and not on the Holy Spirit, took to the internet and opened paying churches. Some of those that had tuck shops at church designed for the congregation also did the same.
mhhh! Jesus when He cleansed the temple He chased away traders and threw down tables and chased away doves. “Do not make my Father’s house a house of trade”, He said. A market place requires consumers in order to sustain itself. We have had a number of churches that had become market places over the years. However, that is not all.
Did everyone go to church to meet with Christ, have an encounter with Him or did many of us see it as an expo where we could parade our leadership desires, attires, cars and any other material possession?
The bible says that on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Ghost came upon the people, there were about 120 individuals in the upper room. After the Holy Ghost had come upon them, Peter preached and 3000 were added to the church. People of different languages and origin. The church grew day by day. Word says, people sold their belongings and brought their profits as offering. They were all in one accord and never lacked anything. Seven deacons were appointed, of which one of them was Stephen.
Stephen grew in grace and power, he was performing signs and wonders. This grace however, attracted opposition for him. Such that the church turned against him in jealousy and killed him.
After they had persecuted Stephen, same day, the church was also persecuted and scattered. Saul dragged them, men and women into prison.
It took them being on one accord on a wrong thing for them to be quickly scattered. This is the same thing that happened during Nimrod’s time. Scripture says, they were on one accord to build a tower against God. Then God said let us go down and confuse them.
We are aware of the fact that the hour is, when God seeks those that’ll worship Him in Spirit and in truth. We are also aware of the fact that one bad potato is able to corrupt the whole bag. Each member of the church’s behavior, mindset and belief is influenced by the church they fellowship at. One member may be truly desiring Christ and constantly working towards building their relationship with Him, but familiarity hinders them. Our topic scripture tells us that, the ones who were scattered preached the gospel wherever they went.
I have not seen as much word circulating on social media from different people, as I have seen it in this period of covid-19 lockdown. What does that then tell us? The scattering of those on one accord with a wrong thing, results in the children of God taking positions that God has called them to. It results in them revisiting their relationship with Christ.
It is easy for a familiar spirit to come and destroy people’s faith and relationship with God through familiarity. It just simply takes away the reverence for God and drive people to chase after fleshly desires. Then boom Israel is lost to worshiping other Gods.
The scattered church was stripped off of familiarity and they remembered God, repented and moved back into position.
There is nothing where there is God, that happens without gain for the kingdom. That is why scripture says, all things work together for the good of those that love God and are called according to His purpose. God always emerges as the victor and conqueror no matter what. That is why we cannot walk by sight as children of God, but by faith. Ours is to trust in Him and yield to the Holy Spirit to give us discernment so we can be led by it.
May we continue in truth and in spirit even after the lockdown. Yes, church might never be the same after this but one thing for sure, God remains the same.
1 Corinthians 11:19 For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.