One powerful takeaway from our Covid quarantine is that WE—the people—are the church.
For years we met regularly in a building and casually referred to it as the church. It’s reasonable to do so because it is a bit awkward to say, “Hey, are you going to the building where the church gathers?” Much simpler to say, “Hey, are you going to church?”
But this is one example where simplicity has made things complex. When we transfer our identity to a building, we separate ourselves from our true identity and confuse ourselves. Instead of identifying needs and filling them ourselves, we abandon our responsibility and assume the church will do it.
Except, we are the church. Our language impacts our actions; our words matter. As a result, we—the church—suffer.
We are the church, and we can praise God over a Zoom call, over a live stream, or in a gathering with at least six feet of separation. Be the church this week. Serve someone. Take time to listen. Encourage and pray for those God puts on your mind. Deliver a meal. Wave at people as you walk past them. Declare with your words, listening ears, and actions that Jesus is alive, and his church is unstoppable.
QUESTION (leave a comment below)
How will you be the church this week?