Revelation from the Word of God is truly a wonderful thing. But when it comes at you flying in on the arrow of conviction, it’s a different kind of wonderful. Today, my heart was flooded with just such wonderfulness.
“He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?'” (Acts 9:4)
I cocked my head and thought, “actually, Saul was persecuting the Church”.
And then I heard the faint sound of an arrow somewhere off in the distance, as my mind began to fill with other words spoken by Jesus.
““The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’” (Matthew 25:40)
“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’” (Matthew 25:45)
Flying arrows can actually get quite loud. I did not know that before today. And then it hit my heart, and all grew quiet as the beautiful, painful mixture of revelation and conviction began to seep into deep places. Then came a whisper…
The Church is the Body of Christ, and He is the head. They cannot be separated.
“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church…”Colossians 1:17
Flashes of scriptures flood my mind. Many more than I will put into this post.
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10
“…serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13
“Be kind and compassionate to one another” Ephesians 4:32
“Brothers, do not slander one another…” James 4:11
What is being done to His Church, whether from within or from without, is being done to Him. That is an inescapable fact.
Once again I am reminded that, as always, in all things…it is about Jesus. Every word we have been given, every instruction, every command to love and forgive…it is all about the One we follow.
Lord, what have we been doing to You?
And He responded… “Revelation comes with conviction, not condemnation. The question is ‘what will you do now?'”