I’ve talked about this at various times in our life groups. We often use the term ‘church’ in association with a building, someplace we go. I’ve used this term often when I was younger; “I’m going to church.” But, I think we’ve done ourselves a disservice by constantly referring to the church as a place. We do not go to a church, the church goes to a building.
1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12 talk about being part of the body of Christ. It identifies that we are all part of the body, with different gifts and talents. It also instructs us to work together for Christ. This means we are all part of a living organism. It means that we are not confined to a building. Instead, it suggests the opposite! We are to be mobile, active in our faith wherever God has placed us.
Does this change anything? Absolutely! The gospel is meant to be shared through you wherever God has placed you. This includes social circles, work circles, family, and friends. We are to be on the move spreading the message of Jesus, the hope we have in Jesus. Our efforts shouldn’t be limited to opening doors of a building and waiting for people to come. We, a living organism in Christ, should be walking the streets, searching the alleys, sharing the message with everyone God has placed in our lives. Does it take courage? Yes. Yes it does! It takes courage, strength, and vulnerability. You will be judged by some. But, you will also reach others for Jesus!
People fear judgment. And rightfully so. Being judged is not fun. It hurts. But, I have been judged long before I made a commitment to Jesus. It doesn’t matter what you do or stand for, you will always be judged. I would rather stay true to the calling God has placed on our lives and judged by man than judged by God.
Be encouraged. Stay faithful to God. Share His message of hope, joy, and love. Our journey down here on earth is short compared to the eternal rewards promised to all of God’s faithful children in heaven! We are a living organism! Be on the move for Jesus!
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.