We Are the Church

churchIt’s easy to look down upon the entity known as the Church or even the smaller churches that we all worship at throughout the week. That’s safe, to some extent, because we’re not calling anyone specifically out, especially not ourselves. We must remember one simple truth, however: we make up the Church. That means if there is a problem with the Church, we are the cause of the problem.

I don’t think that sounds very encouraging. It’s the truth, but uplifting, well, it falls far short. So here is the encouraging part of today’s devotional:

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. – Acts 2:38-41, ESV

If there was ever anyone who was completely unsuited to lead a church, we’d have picked Peter. He didn’t have a formal education. He could fish, but it seemed like every time he talked he put his foot in his mouth. And let’s not get started on his temper! However, this is the guy who stood up on the day of Pentecost. This is the guy who opened his mouth one more time. And this time when he did, God gave him an amazing sermon!

So if God can use Peter to change a people, why can’t He use me? Why can’t He use you? He can. He wants to. Scripture is filled with passage after passage where God is waiting for His people to step up. God used Peter to supercharge the Church after Jesus’ death and resurrection. And God used others, too. We see a multitude of names who all participated, who all contributed, who all responded to God’s call on their lives. Not all of them were apostles, either. They were simply people who loved God and allowed Him to lead them.

We are no different. We make up the Church of today. We are the people God can use to fix the problems we see in our local bodies of worship and in the Church as a whole. Yes, it’s risky. Yes, it’s uncomfortable. Yes, it involves sacrifice. But noble things of great value or importance often do. We are the Church. We can be the change within. Let us be so now.

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