Just a thought...
Church, is the "place" we come to assemble together, the place, where we are supposed to draw strength and find peace. A place of refuge, a shelter to come to, after all of the issues of life, each one of us face, on a daily basis. You know the things that have almost taken us under!
It is the place to be refreshed, restored and sustained.
It is like going to a gas station, to refuel your empty car.
A place to be filled up, refueled and ready to face the days that will unfold ahead of us.
The "church family" is called to be "IMITATORS" of Jesus.
1. Impersonator, someone who ASSUMES the APPEARANCE of another.
2. Copycat, emulator, someone who COPIES the WORDS or BEHAVIOR of another.
Portray or act the character of.
IMITATING the MANNERISMS of another person.
Remember, I am talking about Jesus.
DO WE LOOK LIKE HIM?
ARE WE COPYING HIM?
ARE WE ACTING LIKE HIM?
ARE WE WALKING LIKE HIM?
ARE WE TALKING LIKE HIM?
DO WE HAVE HIS MANNERISMS?
HE IS THE GIFT OF LOVE.
HE WAS MOVED WITH COMPASSION. ALWAYS.
WE, THE PEOPLE ARE THE CHURCH.
WE ARE THE CHURCH BODY.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
19. WHAT? Know you not that your BODY IS THE TEMPLE of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of GOD, and ye are not your OWN?
20. For ye are BOUGHT with a PRICE: therefore glorify GOD in your BODY, and in your SPIRIT WHICH ARE GOD'S.
1 Timothy 3:5.
For if a man know not how to rule his OWN house, how shall he take care of the church of GOD?
If we expect people to come into the building, that we call our "church"
the place that we assemble to worship GOD. Then, we the people, we the church, are to PORTRAY the IMAGE of HIM, JESUS, who was and still is, our ultimate example. If we call ourselves Christ-like, then, we are to be the same EXAMPLE, to a lost and dying world. Also to the church family that already exists.
As we have therefore OPPORTUNITY, LET US DO GOOD UNTO ALL MEN, ESPECIALLY unto them who are OF THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH.
This will be the determining factor of whether people will come in, or not.
Much love, DeVonne
D's Heart <3