Jesus wants His children to effect change in our world for the better. Yesterday I asked you for ideas on how to do that. Today, I’d like to explore this a bit more.
But first I’d like to clarify the difference between certain vocabulary of Scripture and the vocabulary that we commonly hear:
In the common vernacular of American English, it is accepted that it is correct to say that I go to church.
But that vernacular reflects a straying from the truths taught in Scripture.
The Bible does mandate that believers meet with other believers for worship, prayer, and teaching in order to encourage one another to continue in the faith.
But, according to God’s Word, the church is not the building! Each follower of Christ is a part of the church because the church is the people!
The building doesn’t go anywhere. But the church does.
Everywhere the believers go, the church goes.
This is God’s plan for His followers!
But how can we follow His plan?
Here are some suggestions to get going in the right direction:
Wouldn’t it be so exciting if we, as a whole church, would be so connected to Jesus Christ, the Head of the Body, that we would constantly be aware that wherever we go the church goes?!
What if we made a point of becoming more aware every day that we are the hands and feet of Jesus, both to go and to serve?!
What if we shed the sins that bind us and walked out in freedom to serve as Christ served?
“Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
What if we sought God more than we seek the “American dream”?
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)
What if we all walked in the Light as He is in the light and had fellowship with one another? (1 John 1:7)
What if, together, we had a bigger light to shine in the darkness everywhere we go because more of us were walking close to Jesus?
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
How? What are some ways to start going about doing this?
Let’s think how, today and in the days to come, we can be the church, individually and in groups, going outside the four walls of the building, to a world that is hurting and lost.
Instead of keeping to ourselves because we are afraid of the dark, let’s go shine some light there, the light of God’s grace and truth, to dispel the darkness and help some of them see! How can we do that?
- By our words. How about if we go forth, starting today, with rejoicing instead of complaining?
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” Philippians 2:14,15 NIV
- By our deeds. Let’s be more like Jesus, gracious, kind, compassionate, truthful, serving:
“The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 HCSB
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
- Remember, Jesus gave His life away for us. Should we do any less?
“Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.” John 13:16 ESV
As we go out today, let’s be the church, the Body of Christ, showing the love of God to others, and in so doing, let’s expect God to change us and others for His glory!