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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Micah: People Willingly Come

God's Flesh: People came to Jesus of their own volition. Jesus never invited them or promoted his meetings. They just crowded around him wherever he was, pursued him, and that with the Pharisees and Law teachers. When you’re genuinely God’s flesh on earth, you don’t need to promote yourself or your church. God makes things happen so that people notice.

In Micah’s time, God told him that when God’s mountain becomes established, people would decide to “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob” (Micah 4.2). In Jesus’ day this was fulfilled initially. One day the Greeks traveled far and wide just to see Jesus (Jn.12). And He said this happened because the hour had come for the Son to be glorified—or for God’s mountain to be established as chief. This cannot happen, said my Jesus, “Unless a kernel of wheat falls and dies.”

Nations deciding on their own to go to God’s house cannot happen by man’s efforts, even with his church programs and activities, no matter how he prays for them. It can only happen when they die with Christ and are taken out of the picture, and only Christ lives in them to establish God’s mountain alone as chief among mountains. Without dying, they do their church ministries full of themselves and their denominations, establishing other mountains.

As it is, most churches drag people to other mountains claiming them to be God’s. If it’s not God’s, you will always find yourself busy trying to get people into your church and making them stay. And if they stay, they have other motives, though religious, except to learn God’s ways that they may walk in His paths—or be like God. If it’s God’s mountain, people willingly come and stay, with no other motive except: “God will teach us his ways. So we may walk in His paths.” When God’s flesh on earth is consummated, all this will come to pass.

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