“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” Colossians 3: 1-4, 15-17 MSG
I like this scripture. It reminds me of a church—our church—a church that wants to keep its focus on Jesus. Ours is a community that not only tries to keep its focus on Jesus, but to look like Jesus and to be Jesus to one another and to the world. Do we do this perfectly? No, we don’t but we are in the process of being transformed into it. We want to be a light on the hill and a house of prayer for all people. We believe that this is Jesus’ work that he has given us to do.
I read a story the other day in which a woman told of her son when was a little boy. He asked a neighbor why she didn’t go to church. When the neighbor shrugged her shoulders, the little one said, “I think you are real lucky that you don’t go. All you do is get dressed up, just to sit there!” Because of his great evangelizing techniques, the neighbor was waiting by their car the next Sunday morning. After a few weeks the little one asked the neighbor if she could see Jesus. Again, she shrugged. He said to her, “I can see him. I can hear him. I can feel him in my heart.” And he went on saying, “Even if you can’t see him, Jesus sees you and he loves you.”
This story makes me wonder what happened at church in the intervening weeks. I think that this is the light and the house that Jesus wants us to be. I wish I had had a church like this. I wish my children had had one. They certainly didn’t see Jesus in me even at church. I was dealing with my own issues, unfortunately, and didn’t know how to show them. I didn’t know I should show Jesus. I’m being transformed, too. I try to show them now. I pray they find a house of prayer filled with the light of Jesus. I pray they will know how much Jesus loves them. I pray that those who come to our church will know it too. I pray they will see Jesus. I pray you will too. I pray that you do. I pray that the Holy Spirit will give us what we need for this task. We want to see Jesus and so does the world. I’m glad I get to go to this church. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you.