Mary, the mother of Jesus, came to Him at a wedding feast and told Him the host had run out of wine. Mary spoke to Jesus in this way, “‘They have no wine, can’t you do something about it?’ Interpreting Mary’s words for today we could say, ‘Religion has failed, it has run out of wine.’ The traditions of religion cannot gladden the heart, but Jesus can. Moses (the Law) turned water into blood, but Jesus (grace) turned water into wine.” (Footnote p. 19 TPT)
I have watched hundreds, maybe thousands, go to church and do all the stand-ups-sit-downs- sing-this-say-that and equally watched them trudge home just as miserable as when they came in. That isn’t fire. Passion is fire. What does Jesus want to see? He wants His people to be full of joy, laughing out loud, singing, dancing, and the shocking one is shouting! Shouting in church? Can you imagine? He wants our hands in the air in a state of glad surrender. You may clap your hands to keep time with the music but clapping your hands to honor Jesus is a dishonor. He’s not a soccer star! He’s God! Go ahead! Love Him out loud!
I’ve also watched congregations decide to implement what pleases God, and when they leave the church at the end of the service, it’s with joy and celebration. Isn’t it time for all true believers to do “church” the Bible way?
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all I the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Colossians 3:15–17).
Last Sunday a wise woman of God had a “word” for me. I was intensely glad I was attending a church that would allow that! That word gave me hope, Grand Hope! When was the last time you had a “word” for somebody? Find a passionate church to attend and speak and worship out of your heart.