What Is on the Front Burner?


The Church is on the front burner of God’s heart. It is one of God's greatest expressions of Himself.

At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ's body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.” Ephesians 1:22-23, Message

What is on the front burner of God’s heart? His Church!

I had arrived early (a small miracle) and was sitting in the school auditorium awaiting the opening scene of our daughter’s elementary program––many years ago. I decided to kill some time by reading the little Message Bible in my purse. I happened to read the above passage and it hit me in a fresh way! This passage reignited a fire in our hearts and stirred us up to continue to champion the local Church! 

We love the Church. We are passionate about the Church. We are totally dedicated to helping Jesus build His Church. The Church is one of God's greatest expressions of Himself! We are convinced that the most important institution on Planet Earth is the Church! The Church is on the front burner of God’s heart. The Church – that is, the global Body of Christ around the world and specific local churches that make up that global group – is Jesus’ number one priority! He said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it!”

Jesus is seated in heaven as the Head of the Church; and we are His Body on earth! Through His Body, He speaks and acts and fills everything with His presence! Wherever the Church is strong, faith-filled, outreach-minded, flowing with God’s structure and changing lives, Jesus shines and that community, city or country is blessed!

The devil hates the Church and unfortunately, many people – including believers – don’t fully understand the God-ordained power of the Church and the potential impact of a corporate group of believers! The media, culture and powers-that-be would like us to believe that the Church is some unimportant, peripheral organization. The Church is NOT peripheral! God has a different view – the world is peripheral to the Church!

The Church is definitely on God’s front burner. So, the big question is this: today, what are you doing in, for and with His Church? 

Say This: “Jesus, I hook my heart up with the thing that is on Your front burner – Your Church. I want to be busy with Your priorities...going about Your business! Lord, show me how I can help build Your Church. I want to be counted faithful in using my time and talents to honor You by helping Your Church. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.” 

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