The obvious thing to say here is we don’t build the church, after all, Jesus did say He would do that. Yet, in my amazement, He chooses to partner with us and use us to help make it happen.
Everywhere we go we represent our Saviour. Doesn’t matter if we do it well or do it badly, both will influence others in how they think about or want to get to know Jesus. One helps, the other less so.
Playing my part in building local church needs just one thing…involvement.
Actually, this is problematic and could be considered simplistic in approach as I can already hear people saying what about His presence, what about prayer, what about sharing the good news, what about caring for others, what about worship, what about serving, what about the Word, what about fasting, what about hearing from God more, what about…[insert own thought here].
Other than God showing up, although we have to be there and respond to Him, the key aspect for us in all of these is this one simple thing…INVOLVEMENT.
God is building a home. He’s using us all – irrespective of how we got here – in what he is building. [Ephesians 2:19b The Message].
Raises 3 questions then for us to think about…
How is our involvement with God? Is it healthy, is it close enough, are we spending time in His presence?
How is our involvement with His church? Are we only attending or are we contributing?
What one thing could we do to improve our involvement with God and with His church?
If we all just raised our involvement by 1%, I wonder what a difference it may just make. It is through involvement in all which God is doing that His Church will built. And it will be built through unity, faith and done in such a way as to honour Him and represent Him well to those who do not know Him yet.
What do you think?