IF THE DAY EVER COMES

If the day ever comes when the nations of the world honor the Church of God it will not be because many of its members were patriotic, were morally upright people or that they were very religious because all of these the nations of the world have felt and engaged in before the OT or NT Church came into being. No, it will honor the Church for exhibiting more than those.
If the day ever comes when the nations of the world rightly honor the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ it will not be because the Church has merely shown them how to appreciate the earthly beauties—gifts of God that the nations had grown content with as long as they got their share of them. It will be for more than that.
If the day ever comes when the nations of the world honor the Covenant People of God in Christ it will not be because it knows the language of the stock markets of the world. The shrewd, financial gurus of the world might give the Church a grudging respect because a few in it knew something of their ways and means. The skilled talkers who shape the world may nod approval at the acquired skill of the Church speakers who followed their lead but they would surely take note that many preachers and authors have only learned to say better the decent things that the world itself says and has been saying for so long.
No, if the nations of the world ever come to honor the Church for its service to a world that desperately needs to be served it will not be because the Church affirmed and approved of the world’s contentment with what it sees through social, economic, political or other eyes; a world without God or the need of God.
If the day ever comes when the nations of the world honor the Body of Jesus Christ it will be because it gospeled about the glory God offered to a world that cared too much for its body and not enough for its soul.
If the day ever comes when the nations of the world with God’s happy permission come to honor His believing People throughout the ages it will be because the Church like Moses in Hebrews 11 saw the invisible, like Abraham and others who looked for a heavenly country and for a city built by God Himself.
If the day ever come when the nations of the world come to honor the Church of God in Christ it will be because it carried itself honorably in the image of the Lord Jesus and with a gospel of divine rescue and enrichment in its heart and mouth. The sick and the dying, the heartbroken and the desperate, the burdened and oppressed will not have come to those who build houses on shifting sand for justice and hope and fullness of life but to the realist happy pilgrims of the earth who say goodbye to the world as it is with full assurance that there is life and more life after life. Pilgrims who without smugness or any sense of superiority call to their fellow-humans to come with them as they make their journey to life that is brimful of life, righteousness, peace and endless adventure with God their Pilgrim.
(Oh please, Holy Father, bring us to an unshakable assurance that in your love for the Church you are expressing your love for the entire human family. Bless her with a rich sense of your gospel what will make her honorable in the eyes of the nations. Forgive her of her sins, heal her of her busyness and her pursuit of a thousand little pursuits, remind her of her destiny and recommission her with her single task as she lives humbly and graciously among the nations. Rejoice, we pray, as she comes sincerely confessing her own utter need of you while she joyfully seeks the company of her brothers and sisters of the world to whom she sings of your love for and mercy toward them in and through Christ Jesus the Lord.)

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