Does church ever feel like this to you?
Like you are alone in a crowd?
I suspect many of us have experienced this at one time or another. My best friend and her husband attend a church near their home. On Sundays they go in, listen to the service, exchange nods and greetings with a few people, and then leave.
Have we convinced ourselves that this is really what we want? Or are we just settling for what we can get?
The Christian faith was never meant to be lived in isolation. The Bible speaks clearly and repeatedly about the church as a community, a body, a family.
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. ~Romans 12:4-5
So now you… are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. ~Ephesians 2:19-21
Church isn’t a building, a sermon, or your best clothes on a Sunday morning. Church isn’t reading the Bible, drumming up a saintly attitude or dropping the name Jesus into every conversation.
Church is one another. This was always God’s intention.
I’m proud to be part of a congregation that takes this concept seriously. We are a small international group from many different backgrounds, yet it’s incredible to see the connections that happen regularly, even when we have to cross town to do so.
In our church, the “one anothers” look like:
Accompanying someone to their oncologist appointment.
Picking up the tab for someone else.
Making sure everyone has a ride home.
Gluten-free and vegan options at events.
Celebrating one another’s accomplishments and news.
House sitting and helping each other move.
Sharing the abundance of a garden harvest.
Attending concerts and yoga classes given by someone in the congregation.