It was fun doing the #SoGoneChallenge but really, rapping over this beat wasn't challenging at all. The real challenge has been considering the seven love letters that inspired the lyrics featured in this verse. What can be more sobering than receiving a letter from God that in short says "I'm coming to see you, and I am not pleased."? With the exception of two churches out of seven, the letters documented in the book of Revelation chapters 1, 2, and 3 convey God's utter disappointment in the church, and His intention to deal with all those who do not quickly and sincerely repent.
Revelation 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
Revelation 2:16 16Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
Revelation 2:23 ...Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.
Revelation 3:3 3Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.
Revelation 3:19-20 19Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
It is with a heavy heart that I write these words. Church, we need to wake up, now before it's too late. Too often we avoid statements like these for the sake of being "liked" and not wanting to be percieved as "fanatical" or "judgemental". So we avoid correction, rebuke, confrontation, and exhortation within our church communities, and instead we arrogantly rely on cliches like "I'm a christian, I'm not perfect" to justify our rebellion toward God.
Matthew 5:48 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
Philippians 2:15 so that you may become blameless and pure, "children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation." Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
Proverbs 21:3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
Today I propose a different challenge. Not to rap, or dance to an awesome beat. Not to find Pokemon characters, or to dump ice cold water on your head, but to ask God to examine your heart every day for the next 7 days. If you attend a church ask God to examine your church as well. Remember if you are a believer in Jesus Christ then YOU (not the building) are the church. Trust God to bring to your attention anything that requires repentance, and when He does, humble yourself and respond accordingly.
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
I have no interest in playing church, I would much rather play football, or a board game. Christ has no interest in us being luke warm, he would much rather we be hot or cold. So what's it going to be? I believe Jesus is coming soon, and that he is even at the door in this very moment. I pray His arrival will be met by celebration, and not by surprise and terror because of our failure to prepare for His return, the great consummation.