“He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.”
These are the words of Cleopas and another disciple who were being questioned by Jesus while on the road to Emmaus.
The church has paid close attention to their words for many years. We pay attention to verses like John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” We have seen a rise in Christian religious programming. We have seen the Christian music and talk show genres rise in popularity. Words aren’t really our problem.
Deeds…that another story.
I am of the conviction that the churches power will be completely and fully unleashed when the words we use, the Word and the words we pray are accompanied with deeds.
We are a country of dreamers, all of us have heard and been instilled with the phrase, “The American Dream.” Dreaming isn’t really the problem. The elbow grease and work behind those dreams seems to be one problem. Removing the obstacles that exist in our churches (well meant and unbiblical traditions) require a deliberate effort.
I’m not talking about “wrecking” the church. I’m talking about really following the Spirit into churches that are alive with young men and women being taught by and working along side of older men and women. That work can be done when we step back and refocus on our First Love.
We too can be “powerful in Word and Deed.”