Recently, I have come across quite a few people who are in search of the perfect church that they can fellowship at. In their pursuit, they travel from one place to another, one city to another, one church to another and are thoroughly disappointed when they find that nothing or no church is perfect as they want it to be. It reminds me of the days when we use to go pub hopping. We would go from one club to another, spend the entire night hoping that the next club would have music that we like or probably, more space or even a better crowd. But as the morning would approach, we would realize that we had moved to 5 different clubs all through the night, spent 5 times the money and didn’t enjoy it even a bit.
As I write this post, I think it would have been better if I would have not juggled between different clubs considering the amount of time, money and energy spent. Was it really worth it? Maybe not. Maybe if I would have just stayed in one place, I would have had a better time. (Note: This is in no way an approval to go pub hopping)
When I look at people running from one church to another, searching for better praise and worship, better teachings, a better facility or even better people and if I might say a better pastor; I realize that the concept of church is so distorted in our minds. And if we carry this picture along, this is what we will pass on the coming generations.
The book of Acts introduces us to the early church, “44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” Acts 2: 44 – 47 (NIV)
The church is not a place or a building. The people are the church. What we learn from these scriptures is that all that is needed are pure, glad and sincere hearts in people – the real church, and they need to praise God with those hearts. It also speaks about meeting regularly and breaking bread together and if a church today has that is mentioned in these verses, then it is worth fellowshipping there.
I do not want to discuss much about, “Looking at oneself before jumping to another church” because that goes without saying. But then, questions are raised about people, their nature, and their character and so on and so forth. We need to realize that none of us are perfect and in this world all of us have weaknesses and flaws. I’m not saying we have to live with them, but if we continue in the Word, the fellowship of the Spirit, purity of heart and the pursuit of perfection, we will do just fine.
If anyone still searches for a perfect, flawless church on this earth, he or she will be disappointed and that’s the biggest weapon the enemy uses today against the people of God. I pray that we would be rooted and grounded in the Word and Love of God and be faithful wherever God has placed us and keep ourselves away from anything that brings disappointment, so we can together see His Kingdom come on this earth. Because there is one thing I know and that is, “In this world, I’ll never be perfect. Only when I see Him, will I be like Him”