In the beginning, God was with Man and that Man is Adam. When I say God was with him, I mean literally, Adam was like God because he had fellowship with God. The common definition of fellowship being having a relationship and in this instance it was on a “One-on-One” basis. How do I know this? Genesis 3:8 mentions God walking in the cool of the day in Eden and calling out to Adam. For what? To “See” and “Talk” with him and yet in Exodus 33:20 God says “And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
After the fall of Man in the Garden of Eden, now Man was “Gradually” “Dying” spiritually and the first sense in Man to die/disconnect from God was his sight hence Exodus 33:20. Yet God was still communing and relating with the “fallen” Man and we see this in His discussion with Cain in Genesis 4:6 concerning Cain’s anger issues.
And there is Enoch in Genesis 5:24 who had a relationship with God and he was taken bodily to heaven and then we get to Father Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Elisha, etc, the list is very long. The climax is Jesus when he said in John 5:19 “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise”.
One thing stands out clearly, God intended from the very beginning to have fellowship with Man; to relate and have a relationship with Man from inception from an integral part of God’s plan of creation hence the Scripture says in 1st John 4:19 “We love him, because he first loved us”.
So the questions that come to mind then are;
1. Why? What is the reason for or purpose of such a relationship/fellowship.
2. Whose determines “that” purpose of the relationship?
These two questions have been the crux and fundamental bedrock issues that determine a successful or failed relationship with God. The answer to the first question is embedded in the Lord’s Prayer in Mathew 6:9-13 and the statement the Lord made a verse immediately before i.e. Mathew 6:8.
In Mathew 6:8, the Lord says that before we speak, God knows exactly what we need but yet says in Mathew 6:9-13 that we should pray in this manner. If He already knows, why still tell us to pray in this manner?seems confusing but it is not because the Lord’s prayer is not a prayer for us but a revelation of the purpose of our relationship with Him hence verse 10 in particular.
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
The simple answer to the first question is “FOR HIS WILL TO BE DONE ON EARTH”. What this means is that the relationship we have with God in the place of fellowship is to receive instructions from Him on what HIS will, Ways, Word, thoughts, Instructions, Commands are on every action and step we take in life hence the Bible says in Deuteronomy 8:3 “…that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.” and this was reaffirmed by the Lord Jesus himself in Mathew 4:4 and Luke 4:4.
By now, the 2nd question’s answer is self understood without any explanation. God is the One who determines the purpose.
What the gathering of believers is meant to be and what we actually do when we gather is very vital to fulfilling the Will of God for us and the world.
So in obedience to Hebrews 10:25 and the practices of the believers of old in gathering together and forming bodies called “Church”, let us have a God’s true understanding of the essence of the purpose of gathering.
The essences is not buying and selling, build and buy, criticize one another, engage in worldly ventures that have a “semblance” of goodness. It is not to wear the best clothes on that day and “show” to everyone that we are holier than everyone nor is it to engage is meaningless exercise that have a semblance of spirituality without the Holy Spirit for the sole purpose of growing church numerically which in-turn means financial growth for the church ( more tithes and offering) which is the actual aim. That was what the temple had become in the time of our Lord Jesus and He pointed it out in the following books;
“Mathew 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Mark 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Luke 19:46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.
The essence is to hear what God is saying and receive grace and power to carry it out simply.
As earlier mentioned what we do is also vital. Our churches are meant to be a refill station where you go to get refilled with God’s word, grace, anointing and power to go out and make sure HIS WILL is done. Rather we come to Church to live holy; we come to church to behave well; we come to church to be honest, kind, loving, affectionate, caring, we come to church to show we are saved by Jesus etc…NOOOOOOO!!!!!!, we come to church to purposefully display hypocritical lives. No wonder the world is getting worse by the day.
If your gathering, your fellowship, your church is not and does not equip you on Sunday for the rest of the week to do HIS WILL, then the spirit of God is not there and if the spirit of God is not there, it is dead and the only place where you have a large collection of the dead is the GRAVEYARD. It does not matter the name of your church or your Pastor’s. it does not matter the activities you do in church on that day, if none of it gets you ready to do HIS WILL OUTSIDE for the rest of the week, either you are dead “spiritually” or your church is.
So is your church a refill station or a graveyard? To further understand this issue, we will need to know exactly what is HIS WILL…..See you in my next article.