What does God require of man, but to walk humbly before Him? As I consider the state of the Western church, so much activity, but so little substance. I walked around the largest church on Maui last night. An impressive building, but definitely showing signs of disrepair. Now the church is not a building, nor, as some would suppose, is it the body of believers, but rather the Body of Christ living in us. He must alone be glorified among us. Nevertheless, who gets the glory now?
Jesus tells the church in Ephesus to repent of dead works. She supposed she was doing well until the report card came in. Want to impress God? First of all admit you are nothing apart from Him. Repent of dead works, those done without His life flowing through you. Then wait. A year. Two years. Ten. It doesn't matter. Delight in the affection He has for you. Be His kid. Know of His unconditional love for you. When you are connected to the Vine in this way, fruit will appear, but you will not have done it.