At the end of the age, what is it God is after? What, ultimately, is His goal?
When there are no more lost souls to save, no injustice remaining that has not been made right, and no enemy left to subdue, what will remain of the purpose of God?
And does it matter to you now, even while all those other things are still in play?
For the past three years I have had the privilege of living and gathering with a small company of believers for whom life in Christ is more than a private, individual affair. We have gone through many seasons, had our fair share of highs and lows, and learned that Christ is found in the mundane aspects of life as well as the spectacular. Being built together in this way is worth its weight in gold, if you ask me. I so appreciate the church life, and I’ve come to see that this is the very heartbeat of God. The church life is the very center of His purpose and the end of all His activities. What God is ultimately seeking to obtain is a people who live in fellowship together with Himself.
Depending on your view of the Christian life, and your definition of fellowship, that may not sound like much to you. But to me it is the highest thing in the universe.
One day there will remain no more souls to save, therefore evangelism will no longer be necessary. And there will be no more injustice-the creation will be set free. The enemy of God’s purpose will eventually be cast down to rise no more, as well. In that day what will there be left for us to do? What mission will remain for the House, the Body, the Bride, the Family of the Lord?
Fellowship! Unceasing, unbroken, unspoiled, ever-enlarging, creative, wonderful fellowship.
This fellowship, when put on display in the earth today, takes the shape of a little thing we like to call the church life. A people living together in fellowship with the Lord. And it is marvelous.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for evangelism, reaching people with the gospel. I feel my own heart stirred to do it more and more. And justice is no doubt in the heart of God, so let us be busy doing His work, setting this planet-including every man, woman, and child in it-free. And there is a warfare to be engaged in by the church, don’t I know it. I’m all for an active participation in these things. But in the midst of it all, can’t we be about the fulfillment of His eternal purpose as well?
This is what the church life is all about. You have to experience it from the inside to know what I’m talking about. Lucky thing the doors are thrown open wide for whosoever will to enter in!
I’ll end my musings with the words to this song:
“How oft believers through the years have sought the will of Jesus
And would have offered everything to walk as Him it pleases
If you should seek the will of God don’t waste another minute
The church life is His glorious will, and you too must get in it!
“‘What is the will of God for me?’ How oft you’ve asked this question
It is the church life, corporately, where God finds His expression
Don’t watch the church life from afar, or erringly construe it
Come gaze upon it from within-you’ll give your whole life to it.
“The church life here is realized, tis all the Lord intended
And in this rich experience all further seeking’s ended
The church life is His glorious will-now for yourself begin it
The surest way to know His will is simply to get in it.
“So let us give our all for this, and hold ourselves not dearly
The church life is the will of God, let’s take our standing clearly
Oh, we have found the will of God, Christ died and rose to win it
The church life is His glorious will, and praise the Lord, we’re in it!”