Can You Feel the Pull? 1.17.17
Have you ever been to the ocean? The sound of crashing waves; the sight of the endless water line; the power of the waves as they crash. The whole experience is absolutely majestic. It is no wonder that prophets have been seeing a wave of God’s spirit coming with revival, global evangelism, unprecedented wealth, signs, wonders and miracles. Waves carry with them the power for all of these things. However, waves are created when the undercurrent waters, go against the waters that are above them. If you have ever swam in the ocean, you immediately feel the under current, it pulls on you upon arrival into this massive body of water.
In the ocean, the waters that are above are pushing you toward the shore, the waters underneath are pulling you out to sea, this push and pull is what creates waves that we love to listen to, watch and play in. I believe the same process is taking place in Christianity right now. We have a massive group of people who are pushing us to the shore through motivational preaching, promises without a call to relationship or responsibility and gospel life coaching. Turn on any preacher, one that has been around for a while or one that is just starting to make a name for themselves and you will hear this push to “do you”; “live your best life now”; or how the gospel can make you rich.
Can you feel the pull to be a motivational preacher? Can you feel the pull to tell people what they want to hear, rather than what they need to hear? Can you feel the pull to live near the shore where the waves are dying down, not rising up? The pull is strong, for the masses are near the shore, the money is near the shore, the fun is near the shore, the majority of preachers are near the shore. I call it cultural Christianity, it’s a preaching that says to love your neighbor means you don’t confront their non-biblical lifestyle despite their claim of believing in Jesus. It’s the call to preach a compromised message rather than one that brings conviction, for that is not popular any more. Can you feel the pull?
Paul felt the pull, so he said to Timothy, “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry” (1 Timothy 4:1-5, NIV).
There is a pull in the direction of cultural Christianity that is relevant, motivational and entertaining, but it is not setting people free. But there is an undercurrent happening, that is pulling people out into the deeper waters; into the places of faith where it does not feel safe; into disciplines that hurt now but make you strong over time. There is another pull happening under the water that is not yet seen, but is felt by those who are in it. They hear the voice of the Lord in the secret place; they feel the pull of the Spirit into the depths of His heart; they have not seen what they are hearing, but they know whose voice is speaking. To you, living in the undercurrent, don’t go back to the shore, cast your net into the deeper water still, for a great catch. As we continue to allow ourselves to pulled out deeper into the unknown, it will create a wave, that all will see. A wave of glory, where God alone is the star of the show. A wave of healing, that no man or woman can take credit for. A wave of revival that will cause people to fall on their face in biblical repentance.
Can you feel the pull?