“Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord." -Ephesians 2:20-21
It seems there is a lot of confusion today about what is the church and what isn't. Often we get confused about the church building where we meet versus the people within the building. But when Jesus references the church in the New Testament, He is referring to the body of believers, His disciples, that believed in Him and the power of the resurrection.
A man I know had a life-threatening disease at the age of 17. Someone learned about it, and came to pray for him. The doctors said he had only months to live. But, when the man came to lay hands on him and pray for him, miraculously, he was healed! He became a Christian as a result of this miraculous healing.
Today, this man is alive and well and has lived far beyond the 17 years the doctors said he would live. He has a family, a great career, and if ever God asks him to pray for someone else's healing, he cannot help but pray for them. And the prayer that healed him happened outside of a building, what we would think of as church!
We live in the midst of a hurting world, filled with people who don't have any hope. Most of them will never set foot inside of a church building, and the only Jesus they will ever see is us. Isn't it time we rise up and BE the church God has called us to be? We are not a building - we are a body of people who believe that Christ died for our sins and rose up on the third day. Of the 40 miracles in the book of Acts, 39 were in the marketplace.
Are you a part of this body of believers, the church? Let God's Holy Spirit flow through you today, so that you can be the true representation of Jesus that the world so desperately needs to see.