By: Jessica Huber
Running on autopilot, I woke up and packed my daughters lunch and sent her off to school. I turned around to make my son’s lunch and I had already packed it! First thought was oh, did I do that? The second was, well that’s out of the way.. on to breakfast. And COFFEE!
Just Program a setting and off you go. This happens a lot when we are tired or preoccupied. I started thinking how our “church life” in and out of the walls can get stuck in repetition mode.
Within The walls
It’s good to have our reservation time with God, don’t get me wrong we can do this anywhere at anytime, but I consider the church building as a reserved setting. Uninterrupted praise, worship, study and fellowship. We can listen to praise music in our car, we can read and study with a couple friends in a group chat, we can have all of that away from the four walls, but think about it. We are so easily interrupted with the day to day. Going to the church building is a much needed reservation time. We go for the audience of ONE, to lay down the burdens carried in from the week. We plug in and charge up for the days to come. We check in with our brothers and sisters, we gather to get a refreshing of the word and most important we honor and sing praise to our King! An uninterrupted time to shut out the noise of the world.
All of that being said, let us not allow this to be a mundane experience. Let’s be honest, some of us push auto pilot within the church setting. We come in, do church and before we know it, the cycle starts again. Done and out of the way.
We allow it to become repetitious.
We forget that The Church is not a building but a People. A Body of believers who are to take the experience from the inner walls and go right out into noise!
What happens within the building should never be taken for granted, it is truly a valuable environment, we need that separation to focus and redirect.
Now, what do we do when we walk out of that environment?
Worship is not just for the inner walls, it should be the way we present and represent the gospel to the world.
What can I take from this experience and how can I apply it?
Our Worship life is played out on the mission field.
Outside the walls
When we are away from the building let’s not forget to continue to gather in thought and in Spirit, it gets busy and hectic yes, but we make the effort to have prayer time, not a laundry list, not a repeated recording of the same prayer over and over. This is our intimate time with God. It would get super annoying to hear your loved one repeat the same conversation over and over… oh wait did I just say this last night? Um ya! Let’s have intimate conversations with God.
Are we allowing enough space and time for the spontaneous calling or are we cramming it all into little blips of time. Let The Holy Spirit be The the one to do the interrupting in this world. Let The Spirit decide the when and where!
Our church experience should not be a confined area within our life. Church should be an on going continuation, a God Infused Life Style! Pray without ceasing, love without limitation.
Society likes stamp a time frame of where the church should be implemented, as if it is meant to stay within an “appropriate” setting. That is not what the word of God says, We are the moving living breathing Church! Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which God gifted to us. Where we stand there is Holy Ground! We are children of The All Mighty and warriors of the Kingdom! So let’s not allow it to be a glazed over blip in time. Let’s live and breath our church life. Go Be a living example of What God can do! Use Your Gifts, Lift one another, comfort show a little vulnerability, be humble. We can all relate within this life, there is not one here that doesn’t need a savior! Go share the Gospel express the Good News of The One and Only Way, The Truth and The Life of JESUS CHRIST! Before you walk out the door ask God to use you today, regardless of plans, deadlines, whatever you have going on, make it your side job. Lord, I’m all yours!
1Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
7But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
8Therefore it says, “WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”
If you see someone while you are out and about and you notice they are struggling, offer to pray with them, speak God’s Name over their life and their situation. You have no idea how many people out there just need someone to take a moment for them.
Be Bold with Compassion!
Don’t just do church, Be Church!
1 John 3:18
Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
1 Corinthians 12:27
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
1 Corinthians 6:19
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD.
Dear Lord I Praise your Name on High! Lord I am thankful to be able to have a place to go and gather to worship. I am thankful for the Family that is In You!
Lord Help me to use my church time wisely, while I am inside the walls, help me to truly make the most of this experience. If I am feeling weak or sad guide me to the Altar to receive your grace. Help me to shut out the noise of the outside so I may give you the Glory that you deserve. Lord bless the message and the reading of your word, let it be impressed on my heart. While I am outside the walls Help me to take All your Goodness Along with me!
Lord I am yours and it is an honor to be used by you! Help me to stay humble and gentle within this walk. Lord help me to stay alert to your voice, and when the time is right give me the words, guide my actions and my behavior so that others will see your glorious light and come home to you.
In the precious name of JESUS I Pray