Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:34-40
The church isn’t a building made up of bricks or located in a school auditorium. The church is a community of people. The church is you and me. As a member of the body of Christ, we carry the church with us everywhere we go.
Don’t diminish your role. Don’t doubt that you have what it takes to impact others. Whether you realize it or not, you have influence.
Pastor and author Erwin McManus once said, “The church does not exist for us. We are the church, and we exist for the world.”
Church doesn’t merely happen for an hour or so on Sundays. Church can break out at any moment. It occurs every time we choose to walk in what Christ says about us. It takes place when we obey the call to love our neighbor and in those moments of humble servanthood.
Today we have the opportunity to be the church. When we give ourselves to others, we are reflecting the heart of God and being the church. We can be someone’s encounter with the life-changing message of the Gospel.
One way we show our love for God is by the way we love others. Without love defining our actions, our message of Christ’s amazing love gets lost in translation. Don’t let that happen. Look for opportunities to love today.
- What is one way you can be the church today with those you encounter?
God, expose those places where I am looking to receive rather than serve. May I not view church as a place where I go, but something I am a part of every moment there is breath in my lungs. Let love and grace define my actions and my words. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.