For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. 2nd Corinthians 12:20 NIV
It was a small building that stood on one of the back streets of the town. It was not fancy. If you were not careful you could drive by without noticing that it was even there. But it was the people who went to that church that made it significant. They went there to worship. They went there to fellowship. Few people rushed off after the service. They stayed a while to chat. After the service, they would pick a park or picnic spot and each family bring some food to share. Those who worshipped there were glad to spend time in the company of others who loved God too. Do we find our churches like this today or are we more like what Paul feared?
Our churches should be considered churches not because there is a building or services there, but when people who are filled with the love of God come together to express that love to Him and to others. We should gather together because it is uplifting to be with people who are seeking the Lord as fervently as we are. If this is not how we find our church today, how could we get it there?
Help us experience the joy of worshipping You with others. Let us come together in harmony to build each other up and revel in the love we have found in You. Let the whole world see and want that warm family experience too, we pray!