If you are “friends” with me on Facebook, or if you “follow” me on Instagram, you may remember a post about being the church from a little over a week ago that I posted.
My mom, dad, and I were sitting in the pool area at our condo with some friends that we met on vacation about 8 years ago. The husband and wife are both Christians, and they are very active in their church. As we were talking about different things that have happened in our own lives, the husband started talking about a message that their pastor had preached on. It was about being the church.
…Being the church? What does that mean? I thought the church was a building? Being the church in this world is not carrying a building around with you everywhere. It’s not going to a building, it’s the body of Christ. If you are a born again Christian, you have the same Spirit living inside of you that rose Jesus from the dead. Isn’t that amazing? That same Spirit goes with you wherever you go, and you are sealed with that Spirit until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30).
After Jesus ascended into heaven, 40 days after his resurrection, He sent the Holy Ghost to fill His disciples (Acts 2:1-4). That same Spirit lives inside of me, and it lives inside of you if you are a born-again Christian as well. The Spirit can lead us if we allow Him to. I say all of this about the Spirit to say this, if you have the Holy Spirit (God) living inside of you, then you have a job to do in this world. You aren’t to just go to a building that people call a church, you are supposed to go out and BE the church. BE Jesus to others, if that helps you understand better. No, we aren’t perfect like Jesus, but we have Him living inside of us. We are to strive to be like Him, walking in His steps, reading His Word, praying, etc.
If we don’t stand up and step out for the cause of Christ, then who will? WE are the church. WE need to go into all the world and preach the gospel. But, to do that, we need to be prepared. Peter said in 1 Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts? What does that mean? It means to set yourself apart, to purify your hearts and be free from sin. The verse goes on to say that we need to be ready ALWAYS to give an answer to EVERY man that asks a reason of the hope (Jesus Christ) that is in us with meekness (humbly patient, docile) and fear.
So, before we go out and BE the church, we need to make sure that we sanctify God in our hearts and be ready to give an account for the hope which is in us with meekness and with fear. How can we be ready to give an account? “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” …2 Timothy 2:15… We need to watch and be sober with how we live our lives. Others are watching. Do they see Jesus in us, or do they consider us just another person living in the sin of this world? Our lives are to be lights, our lives are to be the light of Jesus to those who are lost and to those who are found. I know I have a whole load of work to do. I didn’t type this just for you, I typed it equally for myself. Let’s get to work. Let’s be the church and the light in this dark and perverse world.