The Problem

May 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm 1 comment

I met a woman today in a local business. The place was empty so we visited for just a bit. The conversation turned to church and she mentioned that she went to one church for a long time and now is at another one, but you never know, they just might come back. That was the gist of it, from what I gathered. She mentioned that she liked the schedule of her church now. She mentioned that she just wasn’t sure what they’d do.

You know what she didn’t mention at all?

God.

She never spoke of his leading to a certain church, or of his work in her life. She had lots of thoughts about certain churches, but not one verbalization of any thoughts of God.

I have no opinion of the woman’s spiritual life. I don’t know what she believes and where she stands in terms of her relationship with Christ. That’s not anything I’m entitled to form an opinion about. But I did have this thought when we left:

The reason the world is still so very lost is because we GO to church. We don’t see ourselves AS the church.

Everybody is writing books about this, and blogs, and articles and having conferences…it’s all over the place. So I’m going to add my small, insignificant voice to the mix and say that if we are treating where we go to church the same way we pick out clothes from our closet, then the power of God will never be any bigger than what we experience of it right now. And that’s pretty small, if we’re experiencing any of it at all.

I’m a stay at home mom in my mid-30s. I think about my kids safety, well-being, education and relationships. I think about my hair turning gray and whether I’m retaining water each week. I think about my friends and how much I’m grateful for them. I think about my Sunday School class and how I can teach the Word in a way that will strike a chord in their precious, distracted minds. I could go the rest of my life thinking about these things. I could move through each day and deal with what comes my way the best I know how and I would even pray about some of it. My life would be fine. I’d be serving God. I’d be living a Godly life.

And people all around me would still be lost.

So I’m learning to Go. Yes, it’s a sacrifice. No, we won’t go on a big vacation this year. Yes, it’s risky to leave our kids and head overseas.

But I’ve seen firsthand that it changes me on the inside and makes me so aware of what really and truly matters in this world. And I’m not going to represent my church, or to show them that my church does great things. We are taking the message of THE Church. The Body of Christ. I’m praying every day that people will be added to the body and that disciples will be made. THAT is our instruction, “Go and make disciples”. NOT “Go to church where you like it best”.

We have way too much. We are way too pampered. I’m so guilty of wanting more and comparing myself to others. It’s time for that to stop.

Stop GOING to church. BE the church. Regardless of denomination, we are sinners and we need a Savior. The world needs Jesus, and sitting in the pew from week to week does not carry the message to those who need it. In most cases here in the South, all sitting in the pew does is make you feel good about yourself for being there. God is not glorified by how good we feel about ourselves, but by our telling others how we feel about HIM.

It’s time to live differently.

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  • 1. Karen McGee  |  May 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Go and be RADICAL, Anne! Praying for you and all who are going with you!

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