“ They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. Together broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts., praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
God always intended for us to live and do life together. To meet each other’s needs. To do the hard work together. To support each other through the good and bad times in life. To pray together, to eat together and to just be there for each other. But, somehow we’ve adjusted the idea of what “church” is to something we do or place we go for an hour or two each week. Most of us, much less than that. (The national average pre-covid attendance of a committed Christian was 1.8x/month.)
God’s intent for the church was to use spirit-filled people to advance His message & His ministry to all people where ever they are. It’s not about a brick and mortar building. We are His church. We have to transform our idea of what “church” is by changing our attitudes and mindsets (getting out of the literal box) and by investing our time into developing intentional relationships with Him and all His people. You see, someone can go to a church building their whole life and still not have a community of people they can depend on. Intentional investment into relationships is the key to being the Church God called us to be. In fact, I’d say that how we reach people far from God starts with intentional relationship as well. Showing people that we really care for them by seeing them, meeting needs and remembering their names.
If we can truly be the church wherever and whenever we find ourselves, then we are what God intended for the church-we are the church and in this we not only give the life-filled, spirit-filled blessing to those we encounter but also receive a blessing ourselves.
Christians were given the charge then and now to be active.
To be a Christian isn’t something you join, but an active, living Spirit-filled movement that doesn’t just meet once or twice a week, but is a constant in your being.
I’ve heard it said before that: God doesn’t have a mission for His church, He created the church for His mission!