I love when God has something to say to me when I first wake up in the morning. Today, as I was trying really hard not to wake up, God began to impress upon my heart this idea of what/who the Church actually is. This is not some radical new idea. It was a reminder specifically for me, but I thought I might share it with you.
In America, church looks much different than the rest of the world. We have immaculate facilities. The temperature must be set just right. Seats must have just the right amount of cushion to pad the butt without being so comfortable that people fall asleep. There cannot be any flaws in “production” that would bring even a hint of distraction. Lighting must be perfect and expensive. Singers must dress in the coolest jeans. Hair must reflect a hint of Bieber-fever. This is just to name a few. We are so spoiled! We shop for a church the same way we shop for a car or even an article of clothing. There is something wrong with that for me.
Church (as far as a congregation is concerned) is something you invest in. You pour your heart and soul into it to fulfill the vision God has for it. When did we become so consumeristic that we look for a church that fulfills all of our own personal needs and wants? Is that what Jesus had in mind? I think not. As Christians, we are called to give of ourselves. We give until it hurts, and then we give a little more. We should feel it!
How would you feel if you walked into your church next week and there was no floor? What if there were no chairs to sit in, no sound system, no lighting, etc? What if we raised our voices to God out of sheer desperation for Him without regard to our surroundings? This is how the majority of the world “has church”. I think it would be awesome if everyone on earth had an opportunity to experience church in this way.
Ultimately, the Church is not a building. We are the Church. The song Saviour King by Hillsong has a line it it that makes my heart leap each time I hear it: “Let now Your Church shine as the Bride that You saw in Your heart as You offered up Your life.” I want to shine as the Bride that He saw in His heart. I really, really do! Do you?