I recently saw something that has been going around on Facebook that said,
The church isn’t empty. The church has been deployed.Unkown
I agree with this. Church looks different right now. Churches are streaming their sermons live or sharing via email during this time of quarantine. However, although I agree with this statement, it also gave me pause..and I asked myself this question..
Shouldn’t the church always be on deployment?
I used to think that the church was a building that you attended every Sunday morning, but while maturing in my faith, I have come to realize that is not what church is.
Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.Matthew 28:19-20 (Msg)
Go out.. it doesn’t say to go to church and sit in the same pew every Sunday (although taking the time each week to go to church is a good thing). Jesus commissioned us to go out and make disciples. So what does this look like?
- Volunteer (giving your time)– local food banks, shelters, youth gatherings, VBS, outreach programs, etc.
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’Acts 20:35 (ESV)
- Using your gifts- music, athletics, writings, speech, photograhy, etc
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.1 Peter 4:10 (ESV)
- Treasures- donations to missions, Operation Christmas Child, help a family in need, etc.
Jesus said to him, ‘If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’Matthew 19:21 (ESV)
To go out, may be out of your comfort zone. It takes vulnerability to share your testimony and tell about who Jesus is; but as Christians, that is what we are called to do. We believe that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (Phillipians 4:12 ESV). We need to seek those who are hurting, in need, lost, or have never heard the story of Jesus. They can be on the court as your teammate, a co-worker, your child’s friend, or a stranger that you just can’t shake the nudge to speak to them.
So, branch outside of the building and know that..
We are the church. We are always deployed. Our mission is to bring others to Jesus. Now go…
..and become the hands and feet of Christ.