The Real Problem of ‘Long Church’!
If you read the Bible you wont ever hear Jesus scolding the disciples for praying too much. On the other hand they did on occasion lack endurance. Their ability to keep up with Jesus was in question, particularly when it came to His spiritual pace. Could it be that is our problem when we think church is too long?
Granted not every pastor is like Jesus. Still we cannot expect to fare better than the first disciples. If they had trouble keeping up with Jesus we can expect the same. However, they did not ask Him to change the pace. It is up to the disciple to rise to the occasion.
When the prophet Jeremiah struggled under the weight of His ministry God spoke to Him. He did not speak as a doting mother. He challenged Him to meet the challenge reminding him more was to come.
“If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, Then how can you contend with horses?” (Jeremiah 12:5)
God might be saying the same to our generation. It seems our capacity for truly spiritual activity is relatively low. Worse yet, we do not think to question it. We are more likely to soften rather than sharpen spiritual intensity. So let’s ask this question instead, ‘Is God concerned that worship or church is too long? Is this really the most important issue? Jesus never mentioned this as a problem, though he did lament lack of tenacity in His disciples.
The real problem is there is a battle waging for control of the earth and men cannot discern it. Though we honestly believe in the moment of crisis we will rise to the occasion, the occasion is already before us. Are we discerning it? This was the case in the garden of Gethsemane where the disciples slept instead of praying. Jesus, while aware of their fatigue and great sacrifices, challenged them further.
“What? Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:40-41)
So is Church really too long or is the flesh still as weak as ever?