Now you are the body, and individually members of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27)
A few months ago I walked in on my kids playing. They had several stuffed animals lined up in rows. My oldest was dressed up and preaching to them. (I guess preachers’ kids play a bit differently than others.) When I asked what they were doing, they exclaimed, “We are playing church!”
At that moment, I wondered how many others do the same thing? Not with stuffed animals, but with their lives. They go to church occasionally on Sundays, but their lives are no different on Mondays. They stand and occasionally sing songs at church, but rarely worship otherwise. They give whatever money they have on them but never tithe or give consistently.
Friends, we must avoid the temptation of playing church. We must remember that technically, we don’t go to church. We are the church—and that’s an important distinction.
When we realize that we don’t go to church, we stop looking for church to meet our needs. Instead we realize that we are the church and that we are here to meet the needs of the world.
Today, as you go to work, interact with friends, run errands, or do whatever your day has in store, remember—you are a member of Christ’s church. You are called to make a difference. May the world be a better place because you love, serve, and bless others as Christ’s representative.