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A Profound Question

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

As I sit down to write this article I am confident that God has directed me in a different way than normal. This week I read something that really started me thinking about my life, our churches and the things that we call ministry. After reading the piece it caused me to sit back and reflect on all that we have going on. But more to the point, it made me think about what I was doing.

There are students from universities across Texas that take part in missions through the summer. They call it Go Now Missions. It is really inspiring to read some of the reports that they give concerning the encounters they have with people in various places all around the world.

One that I read really made me start thinking about what it is we do and what we need to be doing. This student from UTA was in New York and shared this after her team visited different religious temples.

“As we were leaving the pastor who took us to the temple pulled us aside and asked us a question that will stick with me for the rest of my life. He pointed out that this temple is doing such amazing things for the community. From how they feed the day laborers a free meal Monday – Friday and how they offer to those who have less than them all the way to how they keep their doors open every day for guests to come in and feel welcomed. Although they are not Christians, if their temple doors were to close the whole community would be affected by it.

He then asked us, when are our church’s door open and besides Sunday service what does our church offer to the community? And the most important question that he asked was – “If your church’s doors were to shut indefinitely who would it affect? The saved people on the inside? They will find a new church.

Would it affect the community that the church is in? The non-believers that we are so desperately trying to reach? He told us to think about it. The questions he asked are still echoing in my head and are ones that I challenge people to ask themselves.”

She closed it out with this – If your church was to shut down who would it affect?

From the moment I read it my heart was struck by the reality of the need for our churches to impact our communities for Christ. It is not simply a matter of us gathering together, which is truly important. We must gather together so that we can go and be a witness of the great love of our Lord Jesus.

In Hebrews 11 the writer of Hebrews listed many who followed God in their lives exhibiting great faith. Then in Hebrews 12:1-2 it says – “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”.

It is imperative that the body of Christ goes beyond the walls of the buildings we have set up to reach those who are lost and separated from God. We must make a difference in the everyday not just on Sunday.

So that profound question should really make us stop and think. If your church was to shut down who would it affect?

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul