Since we moved into our apartment, we have no longer had a garage. Yes, we were spoiled. All those years we had a garage to park the car in with a door we could automatically close.
We didn’t have to think about the weather except to be prepared for when we arrived at our destination. The car(s) stayed relatively clean and unspoiled by leaves that fell or winds that blew all manner of dust and pollen around.
Now, we have to go out in the weather to get to our cars. They sit, parked in the heat and cold, wind, dust…and pollen. They aren’t protected from the elements like they once were. stop
I often feel that same vulnerability when I start attending a new church, unsure of the people around me.
- Will I be welcomed?
- Will I find a place I can serve and feel useful?
- Will I fit in this new place?
- Or will it take a long time for me to find a place that will feel like home to me?
I’ve never heard a church compared to a garage, but there are some parallels for sure. I don’t even like to think of having church be a place I would park…as in settle in and live there.I am meant to be in community with the people of GOD as we worship together... Click To Tweet
Instead, I think of it as a place to find and give support, to worship and be enriched and encouraged by all that goes on in a worship service, to be taught from GOD’s Word, and to experience community with GOD’s people…to name a few. Then, head back out in mission to a world around us that needs Jesus more than anything.
I’m not supposed to live the Christian life all alone. I’m not to be left out in the elements alone and unprotected even though that may happen at times. I am meant to be in community with the people of GOD as we worship together and grow in our knowledge of GOD and are invigorated by the gospel to reach out to the world around us.Worship will cause us to be invigorated by the gospel to reach out to the world around us. Click To Tweet
May GOD help us as we live out the gospel. We need our garages to grow and be replenished, but we can’t park forever in them!