We Are The Church

We are the Church.

The church is not a building.

The church is not a place.

The church is not a space.

WE are the Church.

The church is more than a community.

The church is more than a family.

The church is just one body.

WE are the Church.

Made up of many members

Everyone is unique.

Every part must work together

For us to live in harmony.

WE are the Church.

As a member of this body,

I have a job to do.

For the Lord wants to use me

In order to bless you.

We are the Church.

Since I wrote my post that I shared on Tuesday, I have been thinking a lot about the church. A friend of mine left a comment about how the church is failing singles, and I agree with her. I also think we are failing families too.

But something struck as I meditated on this for the last couple of days: WE are the CHURCH. I am the church. You are the church. I am a part of the whole. You are a part of the whole. There is only one body, one Bride, and when I say that the church has failed, I am saying that I have failed.

The church isn’t a building. The church is a body. It is a living, breathing being. It is made up of many members. It is made up of you and me. It is made up of people.

You are the church. I am the church. Together we are the church.

Each of us is a unique part of the body. Each of us has a unique job to do.

Stop for a moment and think about your body. Think about all the parts of your body. Think about the parts that you find just in your hands. Look at your hands. Study your hands for a little bit.

In your hands, you have nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and bones. On the outside you have the skin and nails.

Now think about what each one of those things do. The bones support and give our hands their shape. The nerves send messages to and from the hands. The blood vessels carry our very lives in them. The skin and nails protect. The muscles let us move.

Everything has its own job to do.

As a part of the church, each of us has a job to do, but whatever our specific job is it should be rooted in 2 things: loving God and loving people.

The church is more than a community. It is more than a family. The church is one. The church is many parts that make it whole.

And I have to take responsibility. I have to take responsibility for doing my part in the church. If I don’t do my part, then it puts a strain on the other parts of the church. When other parts become strained, then those parts wear out and sometimes they stop doing their part until one part after another stops working and the whole body fails.

Here’s an example:

You have been praying about developing a small group Bible study with a certain group of women. You have talked to them about it, and they all said that they were interested and couldn’t wait to get together. You have been emailing back and forth with all of them for a couple of weeks now.  You have set a date and a time for your first meeting.

That night comes, and nobody shows up. You email the ladies and only get one response. Sunday comes, and you make it a point to talk to each one of them. They all apologize and say that they will be at the next one.

The next scheduled night comes, and nobody shows up so once again you email the ladies. This time you don’t get a response. Sunday comes, and you once again make it a point to talk to these ladies. They all apologize, but they all have changed their minds about doing the Bible study at this time. They say that they have too much other stuff going on right now.

You were obedient to the Lord. You did what He was leading you to do, but because other people didn’t do what the Lord wanted them to do it failed.

You feel like you’ve failed, but it wasn’t you. You are hurt and angry. You wonder what the point was in doing all that work to get it started, and the next time you feel the Lord is leading you to start a Bible study with some women you ignore that leading.

Honestly, this might be a little extreme, but imagine putting yourself out there over and over again only to be rejected again and again. It begins to wear on you the reaching out and nobody responding.

But I can’t be responsible for any other part of the body. I can only be responsible for me.

Together we are the church. I am part of the whole. You are part of the whole. I have a job to do. You have a job to do.

Are you doing it?

3 Comment

  1. Couldn’t have said it better myself. We are the Church indeed.

    1. Thank you, Lux!

  2. Always a good question to ask, Misty: Am I doing (and being) all God wants me to do and be for my church? And when someone fails me, it just helps me grow closer to Him. Thanks for linking at Tasting Tuesdays!

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