what are we making the church to be?
I have been keen to get back. Participating in church during quarantine meant preaching to my phone in an empty office and connecting with people in virtual, video meetings. As unsettling as that is, it begs the question: where is God in all this?
As we resume doing church, where is He and what is He revealing through these circumstances? As pastors we hope the separation is making hearts grow fonder, that people will be hungry to come back. As we pray for wisdom regarding distancing and disinfecting, I’m getting a stronger and stronger sense that – as urgent as these things are –they can distract us from the wisdom that God is trying to give.
As we seek to reconnect in fellowship, with all the forces of the world trying to divide us right now, there’s this longing in my spirit for real communion as a group – that we are being drawn into deeper relationship, and that there is power in being with God, the power of hope, the power of freedom for our souls, of which we have only begun to scratch the surface.
Every time we meet, we have the opportunity to build stronger relationships. How long have we taken that for granted? Most importantly, every time we meet as the church, we have the opportunity to grow stronger in God.
Coming back, let’s keep the main thing the main thing, making every encounter an opportunity to grow in the Lord.
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” Eph 1:17NIV