Occasionally, I come across a post or paragraph that really makes me stop and think… ok, so that happens often. And, I’m glad that it happens often.
Now, when some read the term “church life” they think about attending events and participating in programs at a certain building, but I’m pretty sure that’s not what Josh is talking about. In fact, this paragraph pretty much guarantees it:
For the past three years I have had the privilege of living and gathering with a small company of believers for whom life in Christ is more than a private, individual affair. We have gone through many seasons, had our fair share of highs and lows, and learned that Christ is found in the mundane aspects of life as well as the spectacular. Being built together in this way is worth its weight in gold, if you ask me. I so appreciate the church life, and I’ve come to see that this is the very heartbeat of God. The church life is the very center of His purpose and the end of all His activities. What God is ultimately seeking to obtain is a people who live in fellowship together with Himself.
Here’s the thing, as John told us, when we share life (fellowship) with one another, then we also share life (fellowship) with God. (1 John 1:3) If we are sharing in God’s life, then he is not only leading us to other believers, but he is also leading us out into the world.
When we share life with God, we are both gathered and sent. And, as Josh pointed out, this (gathering and sending) often happens when we fellowship with God in “the mundane aspects of life”