Christ is moving and working in His church even now. He has promised this. He is the one to build His church. Men may believe it’s ultimately up to them, but Christ builds His church. Book after book is written that can, at best, serve as supplements–only the Bible carries the substance of how Christ personally and intimately builds His church.
How though, does Christ build it? For now, let’s just see two ways that parallel the original creation. By the Word of God, creation came into being in general; and by the Word of God the church (meaning, His organization and His people). In 2 Corinthians 4:6, Paul writes: “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Hearts and minds are changes and galvanized by His glory that shines in us and by His Word that transforms. When Jesus told His disciples, “All that the Father gives to me shall come to me” (John 6:37) and all through the first part of Acts that, through the preaching of the gospel to all who would listen, that “The Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:39). When we realize that the word ‘church’ comes from the Greek word ‘ekklesia,’ which means ‘called out ones,’ it is Christ who is calling out those whom God has chosen unto Himself. It will happen. He’s building His church.
MacArthur rightly said,
By human reason, persuasiveness, and diligence it is possible to win converts to an organization, a cause, a personality, and to many other things. But it is totally impossible to win a convert to the spiritual church of Jesus Christ apart from the sovereign God’s own Word and Spirit. Human effort can produce only human results. God alone can produce divine results.
It’s His church. We are not simply projects, but are people, souls that Christ is intimately personal with. Recently, I watched an interview with Brett Favre, former Green Bay quarterback. He holds most every QB record in the book when he retired. His father was a football coach–and His Father never told him how proud he was of him. He told others, but never Brett. Brett understood his father loved him in his own way, but never saw it demonstrated.
Daily, Christ is showing us how much He loves His church, which we will see in a bit. But He loves you. Not your religious activities, but your relationship with him, from which those activities arise.
Christ will build His church. And we know that when Christ makes a promise, He never fails to follow through. In Titus, Paul by the Spirit says that God cannot lie (your versions may say does not lie, as if he had a choice to lie or not, but the Word is an absolute–He cannot lie).
Do we truly believe He will build His church? Do we really take God at His Word as to what He wants His church to be? What would happen if God moved in our hearts and spirits by His Spirit and we said, “Lord, I trust you to build your church your way, not mine.” The way we would know where we stood is if He told us to move something that’s a favorite away. It could well expose some idols that need toppling.