A couple of weeks ago I shared some thoughts of mine that I was wrestling with in a blog. (You Can Read That Here) I wrote about how the church isn’t just a building that sits on Main Street and about how I think we as Christians don’t always represent the church that God initially designed. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions over the last two weeks, but in that I have learned what the church IS.
The church, it’s made up of people. It’s people who come alongside you in your brokenness and encourage you when you need it the most. The church is a person standing up firmly and loudly for what they believe is right. The church is a special text saying “I’m so sorry” and “we are praying for you and your family”. The church is the rallying of support from old friends you haven’t spoken too in long periods of time. The church is fellow leaders from other congregations expressing their disappointment and letting you know “there’s room for you here”. The church is a shoulder to cry on and a sincere “how can we help you right now?” The church is an outpouring of people telling you “your time wasn’t wasted, God used you guys and will continue to do that, don’t lose hope.” The church is the friends that say “you were created to do this, keep doing this”. The church is the phone calls, e-mails, texts, and letters that remind you that you are valuable, loved, and appreciated. The church is the Scripture that is sent to you along with stories of change and hope.
The church is the love that you somehow feel in the midst of the heartbreak.
Guys, the church, when it functions like God created it to function is the most beautiful example of God’s love for us. We are so grateful and blessed to have been reminded what that looks like and that it exists in friendships, family, and strangers alike. The beauty and kindness that the church has offered us during a time of need has been overwhelmingly encouraging and supportive. Days like today take empty tanks and overflow them to the point of needing reserves. Days like today will be the things that keep us in ministry for years to come. Days like today will be the reason that we are able to spiritually and emotionally heal. Days like today remind me that maybe the church isn’t as broken as it sometimes appears because the church is present and active.
To those that make up the church, from the sincerest depths of our hearts. Thank you. You have represented Jesus in all of the ways we needed today.
Now, let’s wake up tomorrow and do it again. Maybe then the world can see the beauty that we were able to experience today.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.