by Wally Fry
Tuesday, March 12
A Need for Spiritual Renewal
“Now when these things were done, the princes came to
me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites,” Ezra 9:1.
The biggest failure of God’s people has not changed in millennia; we persist in turning away from God and towards the world around us. God calls us to be separate, yet we constantly and consistently fit in more with those we live among than we do with God’s desires for us to be separate and apart from the world.
Just recently at our own church, we had what we loosely term a revival. Like the Israelites we had built our building, gathered together and made our offerings. Physically, we were the ultimate in preparation for service to God. I have no doubt that our preacher for the week made an assessment of our spiritual condition. I also have little doubt that he found us lacking just as Ezra did with those he was responsible to shepherd. I know for a fact that he preached and exhorted us to have an actual spiritual renewal as individuals and as a local assembly of believers.
By themselves buildings mean nothing, finances mean nothing and regular faithful assembling together means nothing. We can have an overflow of all of those things; yet, if we leave them behind after a couple of hours once a week and go back to being just like the world around us, they are nothing but empty shells. It is time we take our own spiritual assessment and respond accordingly, either by proclaiming the message ourselves or reacting to the proclamation of others.