Maybe it’s because I read so many books that I run across a number of things that really hit me in the heart. One of those gems is found in Reggie Joiner’s book Think Orange. He writes: “Regardless of how you view the church, it is a critical part of God’s divine strategy to demonstrate His redemptive story to the world. The really good news is that we are the church-you and I together are the church. It’s amazing when you think about it. If people looking in from the outside really knew your story or my story, they’d probably question how we got this role. And if you knew me the way I know me, or if I knew you the way you know you, I suspect we would disqualify each other. Even so, God has chosen us in spite of our messiness or maybe even because of it. All along He has planned this thing called the church so we could send a collective message to a generation that needs to know Him. Life is messy, but even with all our faults and failures you and I are still given a chance to demonstrate the message of His love. We are in this together only because God put us together to show how much He cares for our broken world oesterreichischeapotheke.com. Somehow God is going to use you and me collectively to be the church. That’s His plan, and only God could have thought of it.”
In a day when everybody wants “their thing” emphasized, as the church we cannot allow ourselves to be taken off course. Whether it’s to jump into the latest political fray, or bicker over how loud (or soft) the music is, or which ministry gets to be promoted in the video announcements, or whatever, we’ve simply got to keep our focus. We are called to be God’s people, bringing God’s love in Jesus to a world that doesn’t know it. There’s no other place they’re going to get it. For better or worse, God has chosen us to bring that message. So for heaven’s sake, let’s do it!