When we think about the church, I believe that it is fair to say that we think of it in regards to the local congregation to which we belong, rather then the global body of believers. When God looks at his church, he sees something very different. I have a longing in my heart for the perfect church. Where everyone is passionate to know God more. Where everyone feels belonging. Where God is free to move and work and change lives. A church where he is always put in first place and his name is glorified!
This is the church of my desire, but people always seem to tell me that the perfect church will never exist. Yet, I believe that while many local congregations have problems of all sorts, the perfect church already does exist and we are part of it. As soon as we accept Jesus and our saviour, we then become his beautiful and perfect bride – part of his beautiful and perfect church!
If we are in God’s church, we must realize how much God loves her and what His plans are concerning her. We cannot give ourselves to anything with any assurance of victory or success, if we are Christians, if we do not know Gods plans in regard to it. So the question is, how does God see His church. Is everything passed, is it all in the present, or is it all in the future. It is all three, but working toward an expected end or result. Hallelujah!
Jeremiah 29:11-14 “11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.”
The first thing that God sees the Church is becoming stronger and stronger in the earth. This was a prophecy to Moses about God’s intention to have a people from every tribe and people and nation for His own namesake.
Numbers 14:17-21 “And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken, saying, 18‘The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.’£ 19Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.” 20Then the LORD said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; 21but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD” and also in Habakkuk 2:14 “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”