At the beginning of December, I asked several questions about the Church in a post titled “All About Me.” I want to return to this topic for a few moments because it remains heavy on my heart and mind. I welcome (to be read “I beg for”) thoughts and questions that might stir up additional thoughts and questions that might bring me closer to being able to answer these issues.
I was reviewing my notes from A.W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy, and I stumbled upon this statement:
We Christians are the Church and whatever we do is what the Church is doing. The matter, therefore, is for each of us a personal one. Any forward step in the Church must begin with the individual.
It blew my mind away for the second time. It seems like such an obvious truth, but how often do we step back and look at the Church without realizing that we are the Church? If we would have the Church be more loving, then it must begin with ourselves. If we would have the Church be more accountable, then it must begin with ourselves. If we would have the Church be more reverent, then it must begin with ourselves.
The Church is not some abstract concept of super-elite Saints. The Church is me. The Church is you. The Church is us. Rich Mullins once said that the scary thing about the Church is that God doesn’t have a Plan B–we are it. We are His plan to share the redemptive love of Christ with the world.
It strikes me today that God gives us dreams for this reason. Not that we would be able to serve only those of like faith, but that we would be a light to the world among our friends, our families, our co-workers, and the world. And whether we realize it or not, we are in a constant state of testimony. Our words, our actions, our attitudes are continually speaking to what we truly believe about Christ. Who knows what lives you are touching in the course of the day?
“The Church” isn’t just what happens on Sundays. “The Church” isn’t just doctrine and traditions. “The Church” is every day, every minute, living, breathing, being changed into His likeness, sharing the Good News that our Savior has come.
You are the Church.
I am the Church.
So. What is the Church doing?