The Word of God never changes, it remains true, it works, and God has been the same throughout the ages. There is evidence of the reality of God, His Word, His works, and His power at work in people, but when I think about Christianity before and now, I ask, What Happened?
Gone were the days when the aprons and shadows of Christians healed the sick (Acts 19:11-12, Acts 5:15). Today, at mention of a disease or pathogen, Christians scatter. What happened?
Gone are the days when demons recognized the God in Christians and begged for mercy (Matthew 8:28-32). Today, they can’t differentiate between their colleagues and the Christian. What happened?
Gone were the days when only two Christians could turn a whole city upside down with the Gospel. Their impact in a city was so profound that people knew someone different had visited (Acts 17:6). Today, we can’t impact our families and be solutions in our workplace not to talk of a community. What happened?
Gone were the days when people walked with God so well that they had to be taken away from the earth (Genesis 5:24). Today, just as it is difficult for a camel to go through the eye of the needle, so it is to find a committed Christian. What happened?
Gone were the days when Children of God took God at his Word, believed, and obeyed even when it didn’t make sense and there was no hope of something happening (Luke 5:5, Romans 4:3, Hosea 1 & 3). Today, we want logical reasoning and proofs for everything in scripture before we believe. What happened?
Gone were the days when mere men with passions like us, prayed for ‘believable’ miracles and commanded with authority for things to happen and they came to pass (James 5:17). Today, will the Son of Man find faith on earth when He returns? What happened?
Gone were the days when a godly household was wealthy enough to take care of and feed a community daily (Genesis 14:14). Today, we are quick to confess “And God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory…” but doubt it when he physically does it. Being too wealthy today attracts a perception of a corrupt source. What happened?
Gone were the days when the desire and cry of Christians was “that we may know Him”, where people yearn for and worked on a personal relationship with God. (Philippians 3:10). Today, we have time for everything but God. What happened?
Gone were the days when Christians on evangelism were not just ready to suffer for the Gospel but to die preaching the Gospel of truth (Acts 21:13). Today, we can’t leave our comfort zones to share the Gospel even with our friends we see everyday. What happened?
Gone were the days when believers yearned for the God’s Word and stayed longer to listen to it (Acts 20:7). Today, 15 minutes quiet time is too much on our schedule. What happened?
Gone were the days when 12 and 17 year old believers were so filled with the Spirit that they were teaching the Gospel and slaying giants in the name of Jesus (Luke 2:41-47, 1 Samuel 17). Today, our children are too young to do anything for God and even when they recite Scriptures, we make it an amazing sight to behold. What happened?
Gone were the days when believers held captive praised and worshiped their way through till their chains were broken (Acts 16:25-34). Today, we are quick to accuse God in the least challenge we face. What happened?
Gone were the days when believers unwaveringly stood for God and couldn’t compromise their integrity for better offers (Daniel 1:8). Today, we can’t subdue the flesh to make way for Spiritual growth. What happened?
Gone were the days when the praise and worship of just two men in a prison cell broke chains (Acts 16:25-34). Today, if we don’t have the crowd and the musical instruments, we can’t have a good worship service and even if we do, we are entertained not ministered to. What happened?
Gone were the days when men and women lived by faith even when they didn’t understand what they did yet got results (Hebrews 11:4-13). Today, try to do anything by faith and people will call you stupid. We criticize what we do not understand. What happened?
Gone were the days when it was obvious to know that someone was a Christian with convincing proofs of being with Jesus Christ just by encountering them (Acts 11:23-26, Acts 4:13). Today, we live as though the Word of God is a lie. What happened?
Gone were the days when Christians labored in the presence of God and served at the feet of the fathers just to be molded and prepared for their assignments and ministries (Acts 9:10-19, Galatians 1:18, Luke 6:12-16). Today’s generation of Christians are obsessed with titles they haven’t earned. What happened?
Gone were the days when believers knew how to seek the face of God as their first resort and had results (Genesis 25:22, Esther 4:15-17, Luke 6:12-13). Today, we are a generation that is wise and can know by intelligence what is wrong with the church, but cannot discern God’s will and know when He’s speaking. What happened?
The church of Jesus Christ is moving on and there’s evidence of God in it but are you growing? We are Christ’s Ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:17), His legal government on earth empowered and authorized to dominate and reign, and just as Christ is so are we on earth (1 John 4:17). We are everything the world needs to be better, who have you become? We shouldn’t be in church and not know God.
A mirror will always reflect the image of the beholder, so as you look into the Word of God which is our mirror (1 Peter 1:23) and you see a vast difference, don’t you think there’s something wrong? Examine yourself if you are still in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5-6), it’s time to grow.