By Francis Frangipane
The last, great move of the Holy Spirit will be distinguished by men and women who have been prepared by God for God.
have given ourselves in prayer for revival; we have studied and
discovered the Lord's heart for the lost. Without compromising the
gospel's basic truths, grace has taught us to make Christ's message
relative to our times and needs. For all our preparation, though, we
have yet to prepare our hearts for God Himself.
to be sent by the Almighty for the sake of some great task---a miracle
that turns a city to repentance or some significant act of service.
However, the greatest task awaiting the church is not to be sent by God
but to actually come to Him.
we have assumed a strange role: We think we are the Lord's bodyguards.
Armed with the doctrines of our faith, we are set to defend Christ
against blasphemy, heresy, or misinformation. Yet in seeking to face and
confront the heretics of our age, we have positioned ourselves with our
backs toward the Almighty. If we would but turn and glance toward Him,
we would see He does not need us to protect Him from man, nor has man
ever been a threat to the Most High. Indeed, if we would cease striving,
even for a moment, we would find His gaze has never left us. He awaits
our undivided love.
As much as our desires for revival
and spiritual awakening have come to us from God, these passions are but
the beginning of a renewed mind, not the end. At the end of the age,
the season of preparation is not for the sake of the harvest, as
important as the harvest is; our preparation is for the Lord. The
turning of our hearts toward Him must transcend momentary times of need
and even our scheduled hour of prayer. It is time to enter the place of
undistracted devotion. For it is the constant gaze of the church that
draws God's highest pleasure and releases the greatest harvest.
A Simplified Focus
I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one
husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. But I
am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your
minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to
Christ" (2 Cor. 11:2-3).
Over the years we have
developed a host of programs, outreaches and ministries all designed to
bring people into church and make them better Christians. A number of
these efforts the Lord has blessed; some He has accommodated and used;
while still others, in truth, He has simply ignored.
the closer we draw to the end of the age, the less the church will be
able to depend upon anything other than Christ Himself. Even now, the
anointing upon our myriad activities and programs is quietly
diminishing. In spite of the multiplicity of our ideas, before Jesus
returns the church will know simply and unequivocally: there is no
substitute for God.
It will soon become evident that we do not need volumes of books and manuals; what we need is passion for Immanuel.
the day of the Lord approaches, the Holy Spirit will increasingly
refine our focus and lift our attention to our greatest purpose: the
revelation of Christ within us. It is here, synchronized with the
manifestation of Christ through the church, that the great harvest at
the end of the age is timed.