Signs of a Vertical Church
20Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. —Ephesians 3:20-21
Whether it’s two or three “gathered in My name” (Matthew 18:20), a crowd of thousands in deafening worship, or a persecuted remnant in some apparently forgotten corner of the world, if it’s Vertical—it’s true church. If it isn’t Vertical, if it isn’t obviously God, we should not be allowed to call it church and everyone should leave immediately. Is your church vertical?
The ultimate sign of Vertical Church is the glory of God. Is He receiving glory? Is His glory apparent in the life of that church? In today’s verse, Paul points to Jesus and His church as the sources from which glory that comes from God is reflected back to Him!
I can honestly say I worship with thousands of people every weekend who can’t wait, who storm the lot, line up outside the doors, run down the aisles to sit up front, because they know God is going to meet with them, and they will be wonderfully impacted by His presence. I want church to be like that for you, more profoundly and more often. My desire is that you would begin to count the days until you get to go to church again, and be with a room full of people who feel the same. I want you to wake up on Sundays and leap out of bed because it’s your favorite day of the week. My heart is that your palms would get sweaty and your heart would beat faster because you knew God was waiting to meet with you and those you love most in all the world. I want you to laugh and cry and shout and kneel at church. I long for you to have your soul fed, and your mind exploded and your will convicted and your heart connected to others and be massively encouraged. That’s what happens every week in Vertical church or we die trying and call special prayer meetings to fix the problems so it can happen afresh. I want that for you, so be sure you want it too because this article will obliterate the possibility of ever settling for less again. You don’t have to accept part of what church is supposed to be, you really can have it all, from the hand of God Himself.
· What signs of verticality do I see in the church I attend?
· How do I see my own role in honoring and pursuing Vertical church where I worship?
Prayer - May glory truly flow back to You, Father, from Your church and from my own life. Keep me from expecting others to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness as Vertical pursuits and not hold myself accountable to You for my own diligent pursuit of Your glory. I pray that my church will increasingly reflect the character of the Church You have designed and died for—the Vertical Church. In Your name, Jesus, I pray, Amen.