Apostle Grace Lubega
Malachi 4:6(KJV); And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
In the world today, I have seen churches become increasingly transactional and not relational.
The things that grow businesses are the things that are growing churches. The principles that grow businesses are the same principles being used to grow churches.
And so, we ought to ask ourselves the ultimate question, ‘Are our churches growing because the Spirit of God is with us or because we have grown cunning in our ability to draw men, the same way we grow products and services?’
It is a sad reality but today, people who attend churches are looked at as a source of income and not as lives for which men and women of God must account to God.
This transactional nature of the church is also demonstrated in how we hire people to serve in ministry.
In some countries, the pastoral office is a professional job with negotiated terms and rules of engagement yet deeply lacking in how heaven weighs the heart of a shepherd.
This setting cannot breed the father-son relationship in the Christian Faith, which relationship is important for the transfer of the generational anointing, which anointing is responsible for the relevance of the faith through the ages.
That is not how God works with the Church.
In Deuteronomy 8:18, the Lord reminds Israel that He works with them based on the covenant He swore with their fathers.
This means that His dealings with us are in the context of a father [mother] and son relationship because there are things that He can only entrust with fathers [mothers]; which things fathers then transfer to sons.
This is a divine order of doing things, we cannot escape from it.
God is calling upon the Church to understand this relationship more than ever before. Who is serving in your ministry? Someone hired or someone raised as a son or daughter? Is it an employee or a son? Is your relationship based on wages or inheritance?
FURTHER STUDY: Deuteronomy 8:18, Proverbs 29:21
God’s dealings with us are in the context of a father [mother] and son relationship because there are things that He can only entrust with fathers [mothers]; which things fathers then transfer to sons. It is a divine order of doing things, we cannot escape from it.
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for this great Word. What a beautiful truth. I know and understand how divine order works and I bow to it in humility. I choose to account my life, like you have commanded us to do because therein is growth. This I do, to the glory of your name, Amen