Imitators of Jesus?

quenching the holy spirit

Should the church imitate the ways of the world
when Christ should be our only imitation,
as we attend various seminars and conferences
to learn the latest man-made recommendations
about the best ways to increase our numbers,
how to grow attendance and effectively manage it,
following marketing formulas and business models
in lieu of the leading of the Holy Spirit?
Big buildings and gymnasiums
seem to please us,
but fishing boats and hillside grass
were good enough for Jesus.
Worship teams and soundboards,
every kind of instrument,
projectors, screens, and software –
all the best AV equipment.
Though in a jail cell, with no accompaniment,
Paul and Silas sang and prayed,
and as the earth shook and shackles broke,
a guard and his family were saved.
The powers that be issue edicts of caution:
your worship might be an offense;
don’t sing too loud, don’t dance or prophesy!
Carnal guests might not want to attend!
And what once was so powerfully anointed,
soon becomes a man-orchestrated show,
as the Holy Spirit, quenched and greatly grieved,
at the expense of men’s plans, is ignored.
We need not follow the recommendations of men
or the methods of the world,
if we have the mind of Christ, the leading of the Holy Spirit,
and the Truth of the Living Word.

–Cheri Henderson

About Cheri Henderson

Cheri (Gale) Henderson, a resident of Waynesville, Ohio, acknowledged Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of her life on April 11, 1983. She became a new creation that day, old things passed away and all things became new, and now she lives to bring Him glory. She loves to worship her Savior and she also longs for all men to be saved. Much of her poetry is a reflection of her new heart. She began writing "Lyrics for the Lord" ( the week after she dedicated her life to Christ, and is now a published writer in Billy Graham's "Decision" magazine, many other Christian magazines and periodicals around the world, and most recently, the book "Divine Stories of the Yahweh Sisterhood". Her prayer is that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the words that flow from her pen will permeate the hearts of all who read them, and that lives will be changed forever for the glory of God! "Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit" (II Corinthians 2:17), therefore, you may use any of the poetry displayed herein freely and non-exclusively, for non-profit purposes only (and as long as the author credit remains intact), to perform, broadcast, display or print in complimentary newsletters, church bulletins or the like.
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