Not a Building
God’s original intention for His church was for them to be unified under one truth: Jesus is the Messiah-- the Son of God. The Church’s main focus should be to praise Him. The intention in our gatherings should be to glorify Him for who He is and thank Him for who we are in Him.
“For in bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was entirely appropriate that God — for whom and through whom all things exist — should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying: I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters; I will sing hymns to you in the congregation. Again, I will trust in him. And again, Here I am with the children God gave me.”
We are children of God and brothers and sisters of Jesus. We are adopted by the Creator of all of Heaven and Earth. We are chosen. Yet not because of anything we have done, but because He made us perfect through His suffering.
How are we not living in constant rejoicing? How are we passing this off as a side note?
We are His. That is what it means to be the Church of God. That is what unifies us and brings us together.
And if we are the children of God, then we are meant to be as Israel was: a set-apart people that show the world what it means to be His. As children of God and brothers and sisters of Jesus, we are meant to be representatives of Him. We were never meant to be confined to a building or a set time. We were always meant to be His εκκλησιά.
Do we long for others to know how precious being His is? How will they ever see it if we aren’t the church outside the walls?