Where is the Church?
After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church – for we are members of his body. Ephesians 5:29-30
I am happy to say that wilderness season ended and my husband and I found a place to call home. The growth that has taken place for the both of us collectively, individually and as a family is beyond words. We found more than a church, we found a family. I could probably write a separate book alone about our experience there. Now, the journey continues. I carry a heartbeat for the church because I carry my Heavenly Father’s heartbeat for the church. I pray continually that I would see it from the filter of His perspective.
I would like to end this with some questions. If you can’t tell by now, I love questions. Many people are afraid of questions because they don’t want to be without an answer. Not personally having the answer to questions is always the perfect opportunity to have a conversation with Abba because surely, He will. Questions also refine us or at least they should if we are honest with ourselves. Questions help us to measure the content of our heart. So, let me ask you, where is the church and are you really a part of it? We are called the body, but have you cut off your nose to spite your face? When we judge other parts of the body of believers and other church fellowships, we are simply judging ourselves. Please note: I am not talking about those who may be misleading people with a false doctrine and false gospel. But, are we judging people because they look different, sound different, worship different. Do we judge other churches because they judge us? That has to be justified right? No. It’s plain, love your neighbor. We are all part of the same body, just different parts.
Yes, I believe that there are sleeping churches. Yes, I believe the Lord is calling us to greater. Yes, I believe the Lord is looking for a church that will stand up in a time where many churches are silent. But, if your foot was asleep, would you cut it off or try to wake it up? You would probably try to wake it up. Let’s pray to wake up the body of Christ so we can stand unified giving glory and honor to our Heavenly Father’s name. The church is not a building, the church is a body of people. If we want to start seeing the name of Jesus restored, we need to restore His church. Restoration is not out of our reach. The question is, will we extend our hands?
So, where is the church? The church is you. The church is me.
All he does in us is designed to make us a mature church for his pleasure, until we become a source of praise to him – glorious and radiant, beautiful and holy, without fault or flaw. Ephesians 5:27
Thank you for joining me on my journey of my church experiences. Let’s continue to work together to grow the body of Christ! There is someone waiting just for you to extend your reach!