A place of writing and reflection…
Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
—Acts 2: 44-45
There’s a show here airing in the States called “It Takes a Church“. If you’ve caught a glimpse of the commercials , they give you the gist of what the show is all about : how it takes a church to ‘hook up‘ it’s members in romantic relationships.
I haven’t seen the show yet myself, but I’m not sure I’m comfortable with the idea of a church ‘hooking up‘ it’s members on public TV. Something about it just screams TV ratings.
For the most part it just reflects the current culture we live in here in the USA.
Now while I believe a church should be involved in the lives of its members—even in the sphere of relationships—I don’t think it should be the first and only thing people see when they look at the church.
There’s so much more than just dating.
Recently a young girl and her family have been dealing with the trauma of a disastrous car accident that almost claimed the life of their daughter Mashyla. (The man who caused the accident is also battling for his life as well.) Now Mashyla lays in a hospital bed in a body cast with various other injuries while her parents are looking at the painful bills soon to be piling up. This alone can be quite the burden, but there is also the chance that little Mashyla may or may not be able to walk—we’re all praying against the negative.
Thus our church has stepped in to help—both in prayer and finances.
There are many praying for Mashyla’s healing and pain relief, but also for peace for her parents during such a stressful time. There are even prayers going out for the other family involved as they are hurting as well.
There has also been a Go Fund Me account set up in Mayshyla’s honor to help cover for medical bills. And this week our church will be holding a bake sale to further help the family.
Now they could be doing this all on their own—and I’m quite confident God would still supply their every need in the process.
It would be hard, yes, but not impossible.
Yet God is using the church to help fulfill their need for this situation.
Now when I say ‘church‘ don’t think I’m talking about the building with four walls, a pulpit, and chairs (or pews).
No, I’m talking about the people.
A church is the people. It was never meant to be a building.
In fact, the ancient church met in people’s homes (Romans 16:5) or places of public meeting when they could. In times of persecution they turned to under ground methods. (It wasn’t until after Rome legalized Christianity that the church—in any town—actually owned or operated in their own building.)
But the church was never just a building. It was the people, or as the Apostle Paul called them “the body of believers” that made up the church (Romans 12:5).
And the “body of believers” was so much more than just a ‘church‘. They didn’t just get together to hear God’s word. They were involved in each other’s lives, and helped out whoever was in need at the time. They were so good at this practice that no one needed to rely on Rome’s form of welfare (which didn’t make their government very happy). (Acts 2:43-45) But they were doing what it was they were suppose to be doing: being the church.
They didn’t just sit in pews, listen to scripture or whoever had something to say, eat and go home for the day, not to see anyone till the next service time whenever that would be.
No, they were actively involved in each others lives. They were more than just people gathered in one place, and even more than just a family. (Even families then had their issues.) But they legitimately cared about each other and understood that it took being the church to get things done.
But it only worked, if they worked together.
Many times strife quickly ensued when there was gossip, hearsay or someone just not doing anything. Everyone had a part to play and everyone had to do their part to make it work—something far from the socialist systems we see in place globally where a certain group does the labor and the profits are distributed to everyone. Added to the fact no one was made or forced to give or help out. It was a choice. There was no church mandate stating you had to give so-and-so many hours or so-and-so much money.
Many of the early church had little to no money and were lucky if they did have a job, while others had land, wealth, and maybe even a thriving business or two.
But the ‘Robin Hood‘ mentality within the church can only cause grief, just as it has in any government system in which it is practiced.
What does work is the church being the church, working to help each other’s needs without being busy bodies—there needs to be a genuine desire to help.
The same goes for every church. There needs to be a willingness to serve (or help out) each other unselfishly—and not just in ‘hooking up’, but in the day to day.
It takes a church—as in the people in action— to be the church, not a building, things, or money and being genuinely involved in the lives of it’s people.
This is what it means to ‘be the church‘ and why ‘it takes a church‘ to do so.
If you would like to be a part of our church’s ministry for the Mashyla family please visit the Go Fund Me page. Prayers are always welcome. Please pray also for the other family involved. Thank you.
Copyright The Faithbook 2014