What difference does God envision the Church making in the world?
I am the Church. You are the Church. We are the Church together
All who follow Jesus, all around the world
Yes, we’re the Church together.
Martin Luther said that the Church is a community of people who are in Christ by faith and in whom the Holy Spirit is at work to make them holy.
Both Luther and that Sunday School song remind us that when we ask the question “What difference does God envision the Church making in the world” we’re not talking about an institution or just the ordained pastors and paid staff. We’re talking about a people who are called, gathered, gifted and empowered by the Holy Spirit to love God, one another and our neighbor.
There’s something profoundly empowering about the notion that we are a people whom God has created for a purpose in the world. We’re not here by accident. We aren’t just here to go through the religious motions, biding our time until we die and go to heaven. We were made for so much more than that. The apostle Paul put it this way in his letter to the Ephesians, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
How cool is that? God has a purpose for us. God envisions the Church making a difference in the world. And God’s vision, God’s dream for the Church, should inform our vision for our future together.
As we enter the second week of Lent I urge you to continue to sit in silence, seeking God’s heart and Gods’ dreams for your church. And I also encourage you to engage with family and friends around this week’s question: What difference does God envision the Church making in the world? What do you think? What scripture passages inform your answer? Leave a comment so that others can learn from your perspective.