Updated: Jan 4, 2020
1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV)
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
I remember my first tryout. It was the fall of my 6th-grade year, I tried out for the soccer team. I was nervous but had quite a bit of confidence going into the tryout. As I watched the other players, I realized quickly that I was not the best player on the field and it pushed me harder. After a few days of tryouts, we were sent home with our letters. Some of us would make the team and the others would be relegated to cross-country (not that cross-country is a bad thing, just not for me). I didn’t want to read mine, I think I made it most the way home convinced that I did not make the team. Finally finding the courage to open the letter, I was elated to find a congratulatory letter inside. The feeling of being on the team was amazing. Sadly, many of us have the ability to be a great member of God’s team but we are either too scared to open the letter or in some cases, we are just as happy to watch what God is doing from the sideline.
So, let me ask you, believer… are you going to church or are you the church? Of course, both of these positions can lead to eternal salvation, don’t get me wrong, but if I am going to be part of a team, I want to be a contributor. Are there people that will see Heaven that sneak into church 3 minutes before service and leave 2 minutes after? absolutely. But, is that what we are being called to? I think we are called to much more.
How do we tell which group we belong to? self-examination. Do you wake up Sunday morning hoping for a short message? Do you get to church and instantly start thinking about the other places you could be? Does the pastor seem to drone on and on each Sunday? Do the people closest to you know what you believe? Trust me in this, I am not judging anyone here, I have been there! Going to church can be boring, being the church, that is completely different.
When you are the church you start to look at things differently. When you are the church, you start to look for ways you can help improve the church. When you are the church, fellowship becomes desirable and fun. When you are the church, study becomes intriguing instead of cumbersome. God can certainly work in you when you go to church, but when you are the church, God works through you, that’s a huge difference.
You are being called to more than checking off a box each Sunday morning. You are being called to be the church, be the example to your friends and family, you are being called to a deeper understanding of the Word, you are being called to be an example of Christ to the world around. The question is, are you going to open your letter to see what kind of role the Lord has for you, or are you going to be content to check the attendance box each week?
God has a wonderful plan for each of us, but, we have to be willing to seek out that plan. Have you been going to church or are you becoming the church? Pray about the role the Lord wants you in, His plans are sure to be better than ours.
Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
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