Good morning, church! I have to admit, I laughed the other day when I thought about our new Pastor's message. Do you remember what he talked about? He talked about God doing a new thing. Well, here we are! Thank you, Pastor Josh! 😊
Seriously though, one thing that has not changed throughout history is what the Church is. I’m not talking about only Hyland Heights, I am talking about the Church. Capital “C”. The Church is not a building or something we do on a Sunday morning or Wednesday evening. The Church is alive and well. It is a group of people that have been called to be the hands and feet of Christ and to be salt and light in the world. The Church is you and me!
Do you remember a time in your life when something like what we are experiencing happened? I don’t. Maybe Pastor Josh is a prophet. Maybe God is doing something new. Maybe He is causing His church to be the hands and feet of Christ. What if He is giving us a little nudge to accomplish what he wants to accomplish in and through us? I believe He is. I believe God is giving His Church, His Bride, an opportunity like never before. I can tell you this; He has my attention. Here is the question that I believe we all need to ask ourselves. Are we going to be the Church? In a time when we can’t GO to church, we can still BE the church.
There have always been opportunities for us to share the Gospel of Christ with those we come in contact with. Have you gotten comfortable in/with the regularity of your routine? At times I believe I have. It’s easy to go through life and miss the opportunities the Lord is giving us. What if God is doing a new thing in His church? What if He is shaking us up a little bit to remind us there is so much work to do and there aren’t enough of us doing the work?
My encouragement to you is this; don’t pull back into hiding. Be safe and be smart in this current time of dealing with COVID-19, but look for opportunities to share the love of Christ. Look for opportunities to serve your neighbors. Be positive and encouraging on social media. If you say you have hope in Christ, then live like it. People are feeling hopeless and helpless and want to know that there is hope. We know who can provide the hope they are seeking. Share Him with them!
Yes, this is a time of uncertainty and the unknown. I trust you will choose to be a light in the midst of it. Choose to BE the Church!
I love you all and am praying for you daily.
Worship Ministries Pastor