April 29, 2011

When I was a kid, I always thought that “church” was just another place I had to go. Most times, I could manage to get through without falling asleep but I was always anticipating the invitation song. I could even tell when the preacher was winding down, which to me, meant that it was time to grab the nearest song book.

As a teen, I would get to the building (if I even went) late and leave as soon as I could. As long as I punched that Christian time card, the rest of the day and week belonged to me.

There was a long time in my life when I just didn’t get it.

Those moments came rushing back recently when I saw this quote:

“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, and a civilization work.”

Vince Lombardi had it right but he left out something. It’s what makes a church work as well.

Everyone in the congregation knowing that church isn’t just another place to be in our already overscheduled hectic life. Church is family. It’s a group of strangers who have been connected through the blood of Christ using their different gifts for the glory of God. That’s what makes a healthy congregation and, in turn, that’s what makes a change in a neighborhood, a town, and a world.

There are still those who compartmentalize their Christianity into a day a week tradition. Some still lay the responsibility of proclaiming the Good News solely on the shoulders of the preacher. Some still think that the youth minister is responsible for getting the kids to Heaven.

Some still think that church is a building with a sign out front. Another place to go, bide time, and anticipate the invitation song.

But what if we truly believed that the church in our area would cease to survive if we, individually, failed to attend services?

What if every Christian ministered to each other and to our neighbors?

What if there was a waiting list for folks who wanted to teach a Bible class?

What if every Christian visited the sick, encouraged the teens, and sang with all their heart?

What if every Christian lived, thought, and loved differently than the world?

What if each of us made these declarations:

I will live for Christ.
I will love like Christ.
I will teach for Christ.
I will strive for Christ.
I will forgive like Christ.
I will endure because one day I will stand before Christ.

Can you imagine what could be done for the glory of God if we made that vow every morning before our feet even touched the floor?

We could change the world. It’s been done before (Acts 17:6).

We are the church. You and I make up the greatest family that has ever been assembled. Yes, we have our problems and faults. Yes, we may not agree on everything but even so, we’ve been told that we’re wanted and worthy.

We belong to Jesus. He tells us that we’re worth it and whether we understand it or not, we’re dearly loved.

Let’s get serious. It’s time to focus on our Savior and change this world one precious soul at a time, starting with yours and mine.

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  •    Royce Ogle  |  April 29th, 2011 at 11:25 am     Reply


  •    tona & Barry Walker  |  April 30th, 2011 at 3:00 am     Reply

    Awesome as always. Thank you. Longing for the times when all Christians fully realize that the church is us. Meeting in a building is necessary and beneficial but the real work takes place outside that building. The church needs to be walking thru the communities, living what we profess to believe.

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