I was talking with two of the pastors of a large church some time ago. The subject turned to discussing why it seems we change so slow after hearing so many sermons week after week in church for years. We asked ourselves: why is it so? What’s missing? Why do the sermons have so little effect on our hearts? Just imagine, if we all were transformed to become 20% of what each sermon was raising for us as a standard, we would be giants of the faith! But why isn’t it happening? What is the lacking ingredient that will lead us to living transformed lives?
I replied by saying that I think it is the lack of prayer in the church – if people came together more to pray, then hearts will change and become more responsive to God and His Word. Although my answer was heading in the right direction, I remember having this sinking feeling that I really did not truly find the solution, I felt my answer was weak and inadequate. And it frustrated me.
More than a year has past since then and the question remained in my heart. From time to time I would visit it looking for answers, but I did not seem to get anywhere. Until a few weeks ago.
It all started with giving a prophetic word to a pastor about studying and seeking to manifest the glory of God in meetings. What God said to this man of God kind of intrigued me and my heart started thinking about the glory of God in meetings and its power to affect people’s lives. I then decided to do a study myself on the glory of God.
The revelation I got next startled me. It was the answer to the question asked earlier. Why aren’t people in the church (including me) changing much after hearing myriads of sermons. Why aren’t we transformed?
God started to unfold an exciting answer. He took me first to Exodus 29:43: