There is a church building on every corner, so many to choose from, and still people are wandering and searching for the church. People are going and coming from far and near hoping to be a part of a form or a frame that resembles their belief of what a church should be, driven by a name, denomination, or resume of a well-known speaker in their endeavor to find that church. Donít you know that there are many movements and denominations whose values are their own self-inspired interpretation of the church or a movement? Most movements do not claim to be a church but an organization that exercises the right to express their own beliefs. There are some denominations who claim they are the only one true church Christ is coming back for. Some religious leaders have slaughtered more people spiritually than they have helped, and yet they would say they have earned the right to be called a church or movement that the world should follow. Followers have become angry and confused, repeatedly disappointed with ambiguous untruths about the church. This hope which believers are drawn to, we call a body of believers, individual believer, the place where God dwells, an existing revelation of a prepared place promised to believers. And yet many of us, as believers, have no understanding of what is the church and where it resides.
Paul asked the believers this question in (1 Corinthians 3:16) ďKnow ye not that ye are the temple of God and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you?Ē Donít you know that you are the temple in which the Holy Ghost (God) resides in? In other words you are the church. God may be in heaven, but he lives in you!
The church is hardly a building, a denomination, or a faith; it is Godís spirit in you. The church stood beside you at the bus stop, the church stood with you in the grocery store aisle. The church smiled at you passing by, the church shook your hand in greeting, the church stood in worship with you, they are those you encouraged and aided in a time of need, the church slept beside you. The church arose in the morning and told you that they love you before leaving the house. The church cried in their mothers arms as they drew their first breath. The church is you and I, we stand for the one who created us and loves us, the one and only true God of the Bible.
If you donít get anything out of this, just remember Jesus left so the Holy Ghost could dwell in us, so we would not be alone. We are now the light of God! Which dwells in our hearts?
I pray you will be the church that Christ wants you to be. Where is the church?
May God bless you!