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Right when I end the year with finding a home church to go to I now find myself beginning the New Year with a resolution to "Quit going to church!". I know, seems kinda odd.
No, nothing traumatically negative happened. There is no false teaching that I suddenly recognized, no hurt feelings, no frustrations with anything. Actually, just the opposite. Im at peace being in attendance there; it is where God wants me. My resolution is not in rebellion against where God wants me, nor is it a resolution that I take lightly. It is a most serious one.
This resolution to "Quit going to church" arose as a result of the New Years gathering that we had at church. Part of the sharing of what last year was like centered on the ministry that took place at Christmas time. The church was involved in the Angel Tree ministry. It is a ministry that reaches out and provides Christmas gifts and a Christmas celebration for children whose parent, or both parents, are incarcerated in prison.
As I looked at the photos of the "Angel Tree" event, a ministry of love, tears filled my eyes. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the children moved my heart. It moved me to ask God to forgive me for not being there. It moved me to vow I would not miss this coming Decembers "Angel Tree". It moved me to make my resolution...to quit going to church...and start being the church!.
Im sure you know the difference. The church is not the building, it is the people. We dont need to be fans on the sidelines, warming a pew; we need to be doers of The Word with a love so active and living that the world will have no doubt that we are His. Church should never be a building we go to just to be blessed by the service; it should be a location we go to bless others. That can be any location.
So, while I will remain in attendance at this particular church, I am not going...I am being...
"For we are labourers together with God: ye are Gods husbandry, ye are Gods building." - 1 Corinthians 3:9
"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit." - Ephesians 2:19-22
The following is a short video I put together using the pictures of the "Angel Tree" ministry this past Christmas at the local church I am now attending. Be Blessed in Bunches! :)