CHURCH: A FILLING STATION OR A TRADING POST?
Ray E Horton
The Lord gave me a picture of a gasoline filling station, and then of a trading post. Then the vision changed, and I saw the picture of a large church. People were all excited and praising the Lord. But when they left, they refocused on their worldly lives.
No Depth at the Filling Station
Church is the gathering where you should both give and receive
And the Lord spoke to my heart that many believers see church just as a filling station, getting all pumped up with the Word and worship, but not letting it change them or their relationships, and soon they need to be refilled.
He showed me that church should be more like a trading post, with exchanges going on, modeled after the Great Exchange of Jesus’ righteousness for your sin:
- The anointing touches your heart, and you give praise
- The Word touches your heart, and you yield
- The Spirit wells up, and you speak forth
- You see someone hurting, and you give them a word of encouragement
You Have Much to Give
Church is the gathering where you should both give and receive. When you come together, give of your praise, and your worship, and prayer and love in the midst of the assembly. Then the receiving, the fill-up, is simply the by-product. And the joy of giving endures and carries over into your daily walk. So, don’t just come to receive when you gather, for you have much to give.