Suppose an individual or family moves to a new town and begins to look for a new church home. One of the questions they may ask themselves is: “What are we looking for in a church?” It’s a valid question. And one that is answered in the way in which we serve and minister and worship and experience life together as a family of God.
But what about those who are unchurched? What questions are those who have little or no experience with Christ asking? What are they looking for in His people? What are they looking for in the lives of those who are profess faith?
They are searching for something that no other pursuit in this life offers: Jesus. And they’re so desperately needing to see Him (whether they realize it or not) in you. And in me.
Our friend the Apostle Paul writes in Galatians, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through adherence to the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:20-21).
Later on in the Galatian letter he declares, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14).
What I understand him communicating to us is the one thing that sets Christians apart. The crucified life. Not merely a voice that acknowledges “Jesus is Lord,” but a life that declares “Jesus is Lord.”
Where else are they going to see it, unless they see it in us? Unless they see it in a people who seek to deny ourselves with a bigger picture in mind. Who intentionally, daily take up our cross and follow Jesus. Unless they see it in a church that’s through with “doing church” and is committed to “being church.”
Glory to God!