what is church anyway?

Why is it that we feel that we have ‘arrived’ or that where we feel the most ‘effective’ is in the church? I go to church, I love to be fed, I love to see my friends, I love to worship Him in a corporate setting. I think it is all so important and necessary. I am apart of a bible study to study His word, I love it! The Lord, He created the church, He had friends like minded that He hung around, so I believe in it.

 Sometimes even this isn’t enough for us. In order to REALLY worship we think we need a microphone on stage, in order to feel like we are somebody we think we need not only to hear the word of God but we need to stand behind a pulpit or have a ‘title’ in the church. And socially if we do anything it had better be a bible study or some affiliation to the church in order to be ‘doing the right thing’.

We are all called to share the gospel right? This is what Jesus left for us to do, SHARE the gospel.

Where I get all turned upside down in my head is this………church serves a purpose, for the most part to encourage those in the faith. And yes, once in a while you get those that have been drawn in and actually accept Jesus as their Savior right there in service. We rejoice over this!

There are also those that won’t step foot into a church maybe over feeling rotten about the way their life has been led thus far, they don’t feel worthy enough to go into a church building, they don’t even know why they would go into a church, what is the point? “THOSE people in the church building don’t need a sinner such as me in their midst.” Afraid of condemnation. “After I get my life together I will someday go to church. Who is Jesus anyway? In the real world I don’t see anybody acting any better than another anyway.”

So, when a person is doing their job, vocation, or what have you and they go along in this world loving Jesus each day as they go to this job but it JUST ISN’T ENOUGH because THEY don’t feel fulfilled in the world of sinners day in  or day out  that they aren’t doing enough because they aren’t IN THE CHURCH doing it! They aren’t feeling effective because they don’t have someone patting them on the back cheering them on for the efforts they are making towards that ONE who needs Jesus. They need to feel corporately that they fit in. So, they leave their job, leave those sinners behind so that they can do the REAL work of God in the church.

Sometimes people don’t need words to get them to ‘see’ Jesus they need actions. They need someone who will walk beside them in a way that Jesus would, understand them, offer to pray with them, LOVE on them RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE AT, it doesn’t have to happen just in a church building. Maybe, just maybe someone needs rest because of a circumstance that they are in and they need help just vacuuming their house or doing a load of laundry for them. But no, us Christians, we don’t have time for this we need to go to church!

I know this from personal experience right here in my own life. I pray for that man to come up to my husband at work and share, have conversation  with him about Jesus, partner with him right there on the job, encourage him in Jesus, My kids at school, to know that they have another like minded person to walk down the halls with him and when he has a bad day that he can count on this friend to be there for him and encourage him because they have Jesus together. What if I asked only the ‘saved’ to sit in my chair in the salon because I didn’t want that evil one in my chair. What kind of opportunities would  I miss if I didn’t want to hang around the worldly?

Jesus did not stand behind a pulpit, he walked the streets. He was a carpenter and yes he asked His disciples to drop everything and walk with him but he also went out on the boats with them where their job was to be apart of what they were doing and spoke into their life right there on the job. He asks us to be fisher of men but why do we think this means IN THE CHURCH, because the ‘men’ (people) that don’t have Jesus and need Him the most are just out there ‘on their boat’  doing their job without any real meaning in their life because they don’t have anyone really walking beside them in this, encouraging him, making him accountable, us Christians don’t have time for the nonsense of the sinner. You know the song, “this little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine”…..won’t it shine much brighter where there is darkness?

I think the Lord gives us alllllll a platform. It doesn’t mean that it has to be a physical platform in front of people who already are serving him. We need this too, but we need people out there in the world, going through life, loving the Lord and sharing Jesus with one another.

We are effective when we are out there in the real world bringing others into the church. Let’s spread our wings a little, get with the ugly a bit, down and dirty, show them a love they never knew before so church looks inviting.

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September 8, 2013 - 2:33 am

Brandee Shafer - Agree 100% but understand well the challenge. I know I’m not alone in feeling safest with other believers: I guess because I think they’re trying to do the right things and will fall under conviction when they fail. People who don’t know the Lord sometimes scare me a little…like they might cut me and not give it a second thought. But again, I agree and need to make even more of an effort to reach those who haven’t accepted Christ. Compelling post. Love you.

September 8, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Optimistic Existentialist - In my experience, people tend to find Christ when they’re ready…I have seen a lot of people that have been turned off when they feel that they’re being pressured (their words, not mine). It’s human nature. Just my two cents 🙂

September 9, 2013 - 1:43 am

Jenay - Yep. We are to go into all the world and make disciples and that means every time we “go” to work, school, home. We are “going” all day everyday. Love you and love that you are a disciple maker everywhere all the time. Love ya sister!!!

September 10, 2013 - 7:48 pm

Alecia Simersky - Yes! The church is needed but has so many flaws and is turning people away bc of these very things. People get comfortable in their bubbles and forget we are called to live it out in our everyday lives. People don’t need us to talk at them about church or Jesus, they need us to love them right where they are and whom they are at the moment. Great words, Marlece!

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