Have you ever met someone that just emulated Christ-like characteristics? They don’t spew scripture or try and drag you to “their Church” or change your beliefs, but they truly love you and care about you in only a way that a spirit-filled person would?
My kids and I just returned from a playdate at a relatives house and I feel refreshed. Not because I was able to pass my youngest off to be held by adoring ladies, but because the hostess was that Christ-like person I described above. While she has no young kids of her own, she invited moms and young children over for food (of course she emailed ahead of time so she could provide their favorites) and had an assortment of age appropriate games to fit everyone (outdoors, indoors, girls toys, boys toys, she even had a way to entertain the babies!). In other words, she went all out and yet didn’t go over the top. She simply wanted to meet the needs of everyone invited to show that she cared and loved each and every one of us. She opened her home, hosted us well, and shared her love.
On my way home, I saw a sign just a couple blocks from her home that stopped me in my tracks.
It read, “Be the Church“.
Now you may not believe in signs from God, but I know by now, that sometimes God is sending me a message. This was clearly one of those times.
In Ephesians 2:19, Paul states, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household.” Becoming the Church and emulating Christ-like characteristics means treating others like family–not as aliens, not as strangers, but as our most beloved. It means going above and beyond for others so they can feel welcome, comfortable, and loved. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, you are a member of the Church, joined together with other members, with a specific calling from God to nourish and grow the Church. The Bible instructs us, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20a).
Because I know the hostess well, I know she has a heart for children. Her intentions for a playdate may not have been to share the gospel or worship God, but she made herself into a great example of a believer loving and nourishing the Church while fostering young disciples. She didn’t have to talk about Jesus, or read the Bible, her loving actions demonstrated she was a member of the Church.
So, I ask you, how can you “be the Church”? What ways can you show Christ-like love to fellow believers (and non-believers) while fulfilling the great commission to make disciples of all nations? Maybe it means opening your home up for a playdate, women’s dinner, small group. It could simply be nourishing the Church by praying with a fellow believer. I encourage you to ponder these thoughts and set a goal to “be the Church” this week through your love and actions.
For a more in-depth, biblically based description of the Church, please see: https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-1-what-church-various-scriptures
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