Okay… this is not about house church. I don’t know why I thought of that title, except this post does have to do with houses. You’ll see…
Anyway, on New Year’s Day, some friends from out-of-state dropped by for a few minutes before they returned home. We decided to go to lunch with them and other friends. It was good to visit with them, but I couldn’t get my mind off of all the things I needed to do at home. Yes, I know that our friends were more important, but it was a weak moment.
As we were leaving the restaurant, my wife reminded me that other friends were getting their house ready for moving in this weekend (apparently, she was not having a weak moment). That day could be the only chance we have to help them. The stuff we needed to do could wait. We could always do that during the week.
So, we helped them paint for a few hours, along with another family. By evening, everyone was tired and hungry, so our friends offered to buy pizza. We decided to go to our house, since we have furniture. Everyone went home to gather food and came back to our house.
For the next few hours we ate, and laughed, and talked, and ate some more. When everyone finished eating, they got up and started doing things around our house – without our asking! They just went to work because they were there and because it needed to be done! Wow!
As I was thinking about what happened that night, I realized that’s the way the church should work. We take of each other, not because it is scheduled or planned or “ministry”, but because we love each other and desire to help each other.
I think this is the best expression of church (and of “worship service“) that I witnessed over the last week.