When you come to church on Sunday, what runs through your mind? Do you check statuses on social media? Do you create your grocery list, to-do list, or decide where you will go to eat afterwards? While I understand that sometimes we may struggle with focusing when we first sit down in our seats or pews, there comes a point when we are to look forward and allow our hearts and souls to engage in the message.
But what if there was no place to go on Sunday mornings? What if there was no church? For the last couple weekends we’ve been trying to imagine what this world would look like if there was no Church. What would happen during natural disasters? There would be no relief ministries coming in and offering food, prayer, and hope. What would happen to those who were struggling in relationships? What kind of perspective would be offered to the couples who didn’t have a framework for how a marriage should be?
What about those who are being sold into the sex trades? Slavery? Human trafficking? Ministries and non-profits which offer hope and rescue to the people who are trapped would not be there.
While this is a perspective for global missions, it is a perspective for your neighborhood, your circle of friends and family. How are you living out the faith you claim to have if the people who meet you cannot tell the difference? If your faith is only taken out to wear on Sunday mornings?
When the church is taken out of the equation, there is no mercy, no grace, no hope, no restoration or redemption. There is only a tally sheet that keeps track of the rights and wrongs done by others to you and done by you.
The Jesus we claim to love and follow is to be seen wherever we go, in whatever we do. There are 3.15 billion people in the world who have no access to the Gospel. While you may not be called to go to another country, you are still called to your neighborhood. Your circle of influence, (see Matthew 28:19-20).
Best Beloved, I do not ask this as a purpose of trying to guilt you. It is a challenge to me as well, to make my actions be intentional, that every conversation I have be seasoned by the Holy Spirit. Filled with truth, kindness, mercy, and grace. I may be the only Jesus anyone sees and if they only see me- instead of Jesus, then it is a missed opportunity for God to impact their lives.
I do not want to reach the end of my life and find that I was too busy, to preoccupied, to whatever to have shared Jesus with another person. If the local church is the hope of the world, then I want to be a part of that hope.
Dear Ones, Galatians 6:8-10 says it best, Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers, (bold mine).
Let us all finish the tasks God has given us. Whether it is going to another country or going to the neighbor’s house, let us be intentional about loving others and sharing Christ’s love with them.