The world will know that we are true disciples of the Lord Jesus by our love for OneAnother.
One would not know this truth by looking at most of the western church.
The western church is totally sold-out and enamored with the concept of a building being associated with the Body of Christ.
Many believe that a “real church” has to have a building.
The Real Church is a building, but not in the sense that man believes.
It is the organism of the Body of Christ.
Now, may I hasten to say, there is nothing wrong with a building.
It is good to be dry.
It is good to be temperature comfortable.
It is good to have a place for corporate gathering.
But never make the mistake of treating the building, its maintenance, its construction, etc. as the Kingdom and the work of the Kingdom.
The Kingdom is God and people.
The buildings are simply useful tools.
At this moment I am sitting in a building that was constructed by an elderly gentleman that had received a directive from God. He was told to build the complex and the Lord would send forth folk. It was to be a place of praise, worship, prayer, healing, etc.
So it is.
And we are thankful and grateful to the Lord and His obedient servant.
We need to realize that we are blessed to have somewhere to meet, but that blessing is not the “church”.
What does the Word say?
Look a Jesus’ response when approached with how beautiful the Temple was…
5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, 6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Jesus was having nothing to do with the distraction.
The stones of the Temple would be overturned.
The Kingdom would not.
Paul is a good example for us.
As he traveled proclaiming the gospel, Paul would always enter the synagogue first and speak the truth to the Jews. It is good to have a building.
But, if there were no synagogue, Paul would go down by the river...the traditional Jewish a place of prayer when there was no building.
Paul taught in “rented” facilities.
Paul met in homes.
Paul met in the market place, in courtyards, in town squares.
He set the girl free from demons...on the streets.
All this to say that we a Believers should love OneAnother and the world as we are going about every element of our life.
We do not “go to church”.
We are the church.
Be the Light.
Be the Life.
Be the Salt.
Be the Manifest Power of the Presence of God.
The world will drawn to the Lord and His Kingdom.