So I took my kiddos to the Discovery Park back last year and per Destiny’s request we went into the church there. 🙂She was asking were all the people were, and….of course….I explained to her that it was a historical church…..that people look through but don’t really go to anymore as it existed from 1852-2010, I believe it was. Her little heart did not let up on that question though….she just kept asking “where are all the people, mommy?” ….out of the mouth of babes right? And as I kept thinking on this throughout my day, it truly struck a deep chord in my heart too. This is sadly a picture of how many in the world view the church as a place in History that either no longer exist, is no longer needed except for in bad times, or is a place to go visit on the important biblical holidays. Yes, the doors are always open with welcoming arms on those days and any day , but that does not sum up the Church. Many in our society believe you can be a Christian without going to church, and while that may be true ….it’s very difficult . That is why God ,in His word ,tells us to not forsake ourselves from assembling with other believers and encouraging each other especially as the day of Christ return approaches closer (Hebrews 10:25) And, of course, the church is not the building….we are….so we need each other. We need to come together in unity with hungry hearts for MORE of Jesus! We need to sing and shout His praises proclaiming the freedom that we have in Christ and all bc He loved us so much that He gave His all on the cross shedding His blood for the remission of our sins. We need the word of God to be brought forth from the pulpit to challenge, disciple, and encourage us. We need to stand in the gap together as a body for those that are lost and need Jesus, for those that need healing, for those that need deliverance from addiction, for those that need the chains of unforgiveness , doubt, fear….etc….broken off of their lives….We need to be there for each other as family bc that’s what we are. We are FAMILY by the blood of Jesus. ….and like any family….we are not perfect….we are human. We have flaws, no doubt, but that is what’s so beautiful about the church…..He did not have to use us as a vessel for Him…..in all His perfection ….He could have went another route, but He chose us to be a part in building His kingdom. That is humbling. God is so awesome like that . ….But sadly many Christians stop attending church bc someone hurt their feelings, and God has called us to love above all. (1 Corinthians 13) I know it can be rough sometimes and feelings can be hurt bc were all imperfect human. Sometimes we may not even mean to, but it happens…but we must put things into perspective ….are we mainly going to church for God or man? Hopefully , prayerfully the main goal of going to church is for God so no human should keep us from Church. We must forgive and love. God warns us about offense in His word so we must guard our hearts from it. I know …I know….easier said then done right? I understand….I’ve been there too, but God can give us the power, love, and strength to overcome….Our God is GREATER!
My mother in law and I were talking along these lines last week about what Gods word says about the church (I love our deep talks about Jesus❤️🙂) and she challenged me to read the book of Ephesians all the way through as it talks a lot about the church and I challenge you all to do this with me too. Also, 1 Corinthians 12 is a good read about the church. Body of Christ, we sincerely got to step it up and do better. We need to love and forgive more! The Church is not history….it still exists…..Let’s be a part of His story to the world 🌎 May we hunger and thirst after Him so much so that it strikes a hunger for Jesus in someone else’s life! Shine bright ladies, and all for His glory! Love y’all!
~Fowler Mommy Wife~