Facing opposition from within the Body

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Saturday, June 28, 2014
I found it quite interesting, although, interesting is not necessary  the right word to use in this context, nevertheless, interesting to see the strongest onslaught against the Body of Christ, seems to come from within. Persecution is something I thought we would find coming from the world, like been tided up to a poll and been eating alive by the lions, well, that was my idea of what persecution meant while I was growing up, but, I soon realized more people have been persecuted by believers than I could ever have imagined. And how we think that we can justify our actions, knowing that the very thing we are doing, is contrary to the Word of God, simply leaves me mortified.

I can, as I am sure that you are able to do, testify to the hurt I have experienced at the hand of many people in the church but specially at the hands of leaders in the church, so much so, it was a wonder that I remained standing. However, I wondered how much of the hurt I talk about, I handed out? I wondered how many people I might have hurt because of my attitude? I found it is very easy for many people to say they were hurt by the church, or at the hand of Christians, but forget to include themselves.

The reality is, we will always have conflict, but surely that does not mean we have to adhere to its rules? Surely, as the Body of Christ we are suppose to portray Him, yet the world thinks very little of our Savior and this because of the way in which the "Church" presents her self. We speak about dying to self, yet we cannot find enough "dead" people to back the statement we make, a reality. Action, my dear friends, always speak louder than words and maybe the time has come that we begin to say less and do more?

I for one, wish there were many things that I never did and said over the years, and am truly sorry for the way in which I portrayed the Christ I serve, however, I believe that as we grow in Christ, the things of this earth become irrelevant in the sight of His glory and grace. When I bow in His presence, when I surrender my life, when I die to self, the only person that remains is the Christ in me, and quite frankly, if the world around us cannot see Jesus in us, then we ain't dead yet!

I have no desired to be remembered by man, or to leave a legacy behind that will cause you the reader to remember me, but if you can remember the works Christ did through me, then He receives all the glory and is He not what it is all about?Yes, thank the Lord for the great men and women that have gone before us, but can we truly say we remember them for the Christ in them or because of what they did and accomplished on this earth. If you do not see Jesus in everything that we are doing, then, I personally would question what I am seeing.

Yeah, thank God for the big ministry you oversee and for the many people that give into your life and ministry and for all the great things you were able to accomplish, but in reality, unless we see the Christ in you, then quiet frankly, I think you have missed it. And greatness in the kingdom of God is not determined by what you have accomplished, but rather by the displaying of the Character and Nature of Him who the Father has glorified.

I think we need to acknowledge our failures, our faults and surrender our hearts unconditionally to our Savior and when we do this, His glory will manifest in our hearts and lives and the world and those around us will see the Jesus in us, the hope of glory. 

Our love for our Father

Mark Labuschagne We are a vessel set apart, cleansed, emptied, consecrated; just standing, waiting every moment for God, in Christ, by the Holy Spirit, to work out in us as much of the holiness and the life of His Son as pleases Him We worship Him only!

Ministry Bio

Mark Labuschagne At the age of 12, God called Mark to ministry and for the last 44-years his desire to stay true to this calling remains his passion. It was in the desert place, the road less traveled that God gave Mark a prophetic voice and sent him to the nations. In his 30 years of ministry, Mark has traveled to 60 countries and has seen the hand of God move in amazing ways in the hearts and lives of those he was sent to. He has a special love for the USA, a nation that he has visited and traveled extensively for over some 20 years. He currently lives between South Africa and Botswana and is an accomplished pianist, a sort after speaker, a respected preacher and seasoned prophet who desires to see the Kingdom of God established in the hearts of people across the earth. Married to Andi, they have two children, Carey 30, now married to Matthew and Ryan 28, engaged to Chantal, with Arabella their first grand baby and a cat named Tiga...