I was recently reminded by my children that we have forgotten what “real church” is. While traveling on a trip they kept pointing out all the “church buildings.” “Wow, dad look at the size of that church building,” was their constant comment.
We put so much emphasis on church buildings that we have forgotten what church really is. Our children are confused when we say things like “Let’s ‘go’ to church.” But, I don’t think God is nearly as interested in how a building looks as whether or not it is a place where His mission is being carried out.
When rediscovering what church really is we don’t find a building or even a place, but a person. Jesus. We discover that as His followers he calls US to be HIS church. We don’t go to church, we are the church. And when we rediscover what Jesus intended His church to be, we find that His church is all about people. People who demonstrate their love for God by loving and serving other people.
* Like the elder who had a homeless woman ask him what time it was and he felt the God prompting him “Don’t just tell her the time, give her your watch.” So he did. This is church.
* Like teenagers I know who did an “extreme home makeover” on the home of one our older ladies who could not do nor afford to do it herself. This is church.
* Like the men I heard of recently that meet up at their building every Monday night so they can volunteer their time to do maintenance on the vehicles of those people who can do it themselves. So while the single mom attends a divorce recovery class at the church building that night, a grease-smeared hero with his back on a concrete floor replaces the U-joints on her car. This is church.
* Like a young family who was going into a restaurant for a family meal together when they were asked by a homeless man “can you buy me some lunch?” They did one better; they asked him to join them at their table to eat with their family. This is church.
The church is not a building, but people; a people who demonstrate their love for God by loving and serving others. Let me encourage you this week to rediscover church. Look around and find someone to love and serve. This is church. Real Church.