After my previous post about “Remembrance and the Present,” I thought it would be good to have an opportunity to remember where God has brought us from and to consider what God may be doing now. In particular, I’d love to hear how God has changed your understanding of the church, to hear some examples of how you and others are living out this new understanding, and to hear how you think God is changing your understanding now. In other words, use your remembrances of what God has done in your life to encourage yourself and others to trust him today and tomorrow.
For example, for as long as I can remember, I’ve been someone who has always been busy with church activities. You name a program, and I’ve probably been involved in it or something similar. I always considered these programs to be the purpose for the church. We run the programs and through them we serve God and one another.
In the last few years, my understanding about these programs have changed. I’m learning how to serve God in the opportunities that he gives me while living my life… through the interactions that I have with various people day-to-day. I’m also learning to serve through relationships instead of through positions or functions.
It was difficult at first, because it felt like I was abandoning God or at least abandoning being a good, dedicated Christian. I’ve found though that it is possible to worship God, to serve him, and to serve others in the small things of life in ways that I never would have considered before.
I’ve attempted to live this out with the people that God has brought into my life. Not only do we meet together as the church on Sunday, but we spend time with one another during the week, either in one another’s homes or doing various activities or serving in the community together. I’m still learning to serve people in my neighborhood… in fact, I’m still struggling to build relationships with people in my neighborhood. But, I see the benefit to serving and proclaiming the Gospel through relationships as a family.
What about you? What has God taught you about the church? How has your understanding of the church changed? How are you and others attempting to live that out? Where do you think he’s taking you from here?