A woman shared at New Canaan Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia a vision God gave her about churches.
She said, “God gave me a vision; a vivid vision about the state of the church these days.”
The Vision: A Cake Representing the Church
It was a clear description of a life-size cake, one you would have to use a ladder to see the top. It was one of the most beautiful cakes you could ever imagine. It was more beautiful than a wedding cake fit for a queen. What was particular captivating about this cake were the decorations on the sides and top of the cake. The frosting was smooth, and it looked extremely tempting. One would say other than the size and beauty of that cake, nothing was particular significant about the vision. So God revealed the deeper meaning of that beautiful oversized cake.
With the beautiful frosting on the outside, one would think the inside of the cake would be just as beautiful. Then God showed that the inside of the cake had been hollowed out. In the place of the mixture of flour, butter, eggs, sugar and vanilla were maggots, earthworms and creepy crawlers. They were alive and mixed together, fighting and pushing, wiggling, and twisting and all intertwined. Some were dancing and singing; some were lifting holy hands, and others were saying, “Hallelujah!”
Explanation of the Vision
God explained that the inside of that cake represents most churches today. The churches look pretty; they sound pretty, but on the inside God isn’t there at all. The maggots, the earthworms and the creepy crawlers are God’s people confined to their own space mixed together and exerting energy thinking it is what pleases God.
That cake is similar to the fig tree that Jesus cursed because it had leaves but no figs. The fig tree gave the appearance that it was producing, but it had no fruit. (Matthew 21:18-22) However, the cake situation is worse because while the fig tree wasn’t producing any fruit at all, the church is producing what is offensive to God, but it looks good to God’s people.
Questions to be answered about your church:
- Is your church filled with the holiness of God, or is your church the one that has been described above?
- Does your church have beautiful frosting on the outside but is filled with maggots, earth worms and creepy crawlers?
- Is the gospel “sugar coated”?
- Do you dare cut the cake to see what is really inside?
- Would you rather not know what’s on the inside of the cake so you can continue doing what you are doing?
You might not want to admit that the cake describes your church, but God knows what’s really on the inside! And if you want your church to be one that is without a spot or wrinkle, it starts here and now with the person who is reading this message.
After all, we are the church.