“Let’s go to church.” (Adto ta sa simbahan)
“Come back to the Lord” (Balik ta ug simba)
Although nothing goes wrong with these statements but nothing also goes right.
Let’s make it right then.
These words often connects to people who goes to church or doesn’t go to church anymore on Sundays. The one’s who ‘doesnt’ go to church anymore are labelled as ‘lost’ and those that still went faithfully are the ‘found.’ Although there are really some people who don’t go to church anymore are totally lost. The Lord keeps calling them up until they listen. But to label those who wander as ‘lost’ simply because they have stop going to church is absurd for how we really defined church and how we express it nowadays is not totally right.
Those people who may stop going to church may have found how to start ‘being’ one in their everyday life than just ‘do’ church on a weekly basis. Not all who wander are lost.
Others who wander may be looking for another way to express their Christianity. As Christianity today are all about religious programs on special days done with few special people. Don’t play along with it and soon you’re out of the game.
You can’t ‘attend’ who you are. You can only be who you are. You are the church, along with other followers of Jesus, you are the temple of the Holy Spirit. You can only BE the church.
Church is where He lives, not where we meet. God has stop living in temple made with human hands thousands of years ago and started living in temple made with divine hands. And that is you and me.
Thousands of years ago before He lives in each us He can only be with three kinds of people – priest, kings and prophets. And He’s not living in them, He’s only ‘visiting’ them. King David says “take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.” King Saul’s spirit was taken from Him. Samson was visited by God’s spirit and He became strong. When He left him he’s back to normal. He Himself has promised that He will pour out His spirit on all flesh. And so, those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth. “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” “I will be with you to the very end of this age.”
He lives in me. He lives in you. When we come together at anyplace, anytime, anywhere He is in the midst of us. We are the church 24 hours, seven days a week. No more ‘holy place’ called ‘church building’ for we are the place where God wants to work for His goodness. “He who began a good work in you shall be faithful to complete it.” In the Bible, the holy things ‘belongs’ to the Lord. If the place where we call ‘church’ is holy then who owns outside of it? No more ‘holy days’ for if Sunday is holy then who owns the rest? No more ‘holy men’ as such: pastors, priest, leaders and the like, those who think they know better than us because they simply went to a training school only to rule over us. No more men as such because Jesus says don’t call men as such for you are all brothers and sisters with only One Father. No more men as such because now you and me is a priest and we can do our priestly duty to one another, together, everyday. No more men as such because we are ALL called to become holy. “Be holy for I am holy.” No more holy men, only holy people of God.
So we are the church, everyday, like how the early church way of living it. The kingdom is not about programs but a way to live. That’s why they are called “The Way.” So it’s either you live it or you don’t. Programs don’t matter really. They live next door to each other, shared everything in common, continued steadfastly in the apostolic teaching, in prayers and in fasting. They live the life of Jesus in them together in a daily basis. “Admonish one another daily,” not weekly. They became a priest to one another. Using their gifts and talents to help one another. They help one another how to love Jesus more everyday. How to be obedient to Him, to offer their very lives as living sacrifices. To lay down their lives to one another, to deny themselves.
You are the church where Jesus as King can reign. Worship is obedience to His commands. That’s the highest form of it.