GOD’S MEASRING ROD
PART III – PLUG IN
So now that we have dealt with that, maybe now the question is… what church should I plug in to? How do you know where you should go? How do I find a church? What do I look for in a church or where should I be linked to? Again the measuring key is the rod. Where are the fruits and the blossoms and the almonds?
The book of Mark 11:12 – 14, 20 provides a real key because again is talk about FRUIT. In the passage we see that this is the only destructive miracle that Jesus ever performed. Jesus was hungry and wanted to be fed and satisfied. He comes to this fig tree that has leaves but no fruit since it wasn’t the time of harvest yet. When leaves appear on a fig tree in the Middle East, the first figs are also visible and appear with the leaves. The figs are smaller and not quite as juicy and fruity, as the figs would come three months later. But the small figs are edible and they will nourish a man.
Note that Jesus didn’t curse this tree out of anger and frustration, but He did it as a powerful lesson in many matters including this particular one. Jesus is implying that if He was not going to be satisfied by that tree then it will satisfy nobody. If you cannot satisfy Jesus then there is nobody you can satisfy. Jesus is saying this to you, me and the church that He is hungry for fruit. What kind of fruit?
Hebrews 13:15 – Let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the FRUIT OF LIPS that openly profess His name. Churches MUST NOT PRIMARILY EXIST to have youth activities, to have Marriage seminars or tips on parenting. As valuable as these may be, that is not why churches exist. Churches exist for one reason primarily – for Jesus. The bible says that – All things were created by Him and for Him. Revelation 4:11 – Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
The Church therefore exists to pleasure the Lord. How is the Lord pleasured? You may ask. By the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name. You should be asking this question constantly – Is the Lord pleasured by the fellowship you attend? When you gather in the Lords name, is there fruit that He enjoys? Do you bring a smile to His face? The Primary purpose of the church is to give Him pleasure and everything else is secondary.
When you look for a church, then you should look if Jesus is being pleasured there. Look if Jesus being loved on, extolled, lifted up and sung to. Not just a few songs, but is it really a passion in that place? Then that’s the place that you want to be.
In conclusion, a word of caution is we are not to be judging to condemnation as Matthew 7 says, but rather judge to sort through weather a thing, a person or a ministry is valid. Again do not condemn but look for information and evaluate. Jesus says that there are wolves in sheep’s clothing, there is all kinds of things going on, so keep your eyes open. Bottom line is to look for fruit.