“…through the church the manifold of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” Ephesians [3:10]
A young man who was new to the area recently drove past our campus on the way to a home improvement store. While driving past, his eyes were drawn to the cross that adorns the front of our building. It’s light shone bright into the dark sky. He came to worship with us the following Sunday, and he’s become an active part of our church family.
The cross. A church building. A worship service. God’s people gathered together. All of these things can be a representation of God’s Church in our world today. While some may see the church as outdated and irrelevant, that’s not how God designed it. His plan to spread the gospel is His Church—the people of God. He is the author of the great story. The world is His stage where the story unfolds. And God’s people are the actors who put the story in motion.
While The Church is often messy, and certainly not without challenges, it is the primary plan for the proclamation of truth. While faith is a very personal thing, it is not private. It should be practiced for all to see in the context of God’s Church!
Lord, may I not overlook the importance of living out my faith with other believers. Give me a high view of the importance of The Church in my life. Help us, Your Church, to live out our faith in authentic, real, vibrant ways—that we may proclaim Your good news. Amen.
FOR FURTHER READING
1 Peter 2:9-10