Everybody’s trying to make church complicated these days. It has to have this and that and those and a lot more things. It has to have a lot more ministries and “mission works” and programs and activities and various kinds of “fellowships.” A lot more facilities, buildings and properties. The more complicated, the more they say the church is “growing.”
So they invent a lot of things to do.
But a truly growing church in God’s eyes, one that is really ever-increasing in glory, is that which grows simpler until it reaches the simple form, character and nature of what Jesus did. Most people think what Jesus did was a crude ministry and we have to improve on it. Wrong. What Jesus did is the model and the most advanced and the best. Nothing could be better. We have to advance to its level.
Jesus said anyone who has faith in him will do the same things he did—and greater things shall he do because He is going to the Father. The key to a truly growing church is doing what Jesus did, and doing greater (not better or more) works as a result of Jesus’ going to the Father.
Jesus “going to the Father” [John 14.12] means Jesus now left us physically and sent us the Holy Spirit to continue what he did in greater intensity, not because we have become greater, but because of the power of the Holy Spirit in us through Christ and with Jesus Himself interceding for us to the Father through His Spirit.
And doing greater things in Christ means we become simpler in life, character and ministry. More on this ministry by clicking here.
Look at the church in Ephesus. It was doing a lot more. It was so active and probably had a lot of ministries and programs and activities. It was an expert when it came to church doctrines and never gave up in the face of extreme difficulties. It was always on the go!
I know your deeds,your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. [Revelation 2]
In the eyes of the world it was great. But look at how the Lord judged it.
You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.
What’s the Lord’s remedy? “Do the things you did at first.” Here is a hint of going back to the basics and making everything simple. And basically, it was about “the love you had at first.” The church at Ephesus became so busy to the point of being complicated that it forgot or had forsaken the way it loved Jesus the first time. The only thing that happens to you when you become complicated and occupied is lose quality time with the Lord. Then, without noticing it, the glory fades and disappears. “If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.”
In these last days, a lot of churches will be deceived this way. They will keep themselves busy with ministry and complicate things.
I go back (as I always do) to what works God really requires of us. People then asked Jesus what works they should do to do the work of God.
Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” [John 6.28-29]
It’s all so simple—to believe in Jesus. This is the basic. This is what we did at first. Simply believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved, you and your family. And what ministry did Jesus say we should do?
I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. [John 14.12]
Anything else you add to this is from the world and the devil and will complicate what you do. It will decrease your glory until the Lord takes away your lampstand.
Doing the simple ministry of Jesus Christ alone gives you ever-increasing glory.