“Being qualified in God is accepted as a calling, a vocation, a necessary step into being a pastor, a shepherd, a priest , a vicar a minister – one able to lead (those who want to be led). But what about those who don’t.”
“I was confusing care with treatment”, Church Set Free
I saw this post and did a pingback with my own words (above) wrapped around it.
Then I saw this:
“In fact, we might even be the catalyst for a whole chain of events that make a major difference for the Body of Christ, that we never even know about.”
“A Roman Lesson”, The Life Project
And that seemed to fit somehow.
And then this …
One of the reasons(!) I find “church” hard work is that the gathering seems to be (mainly) “a Sunday-best habit” – either “That’s what I
have to do” – or “I want to be there – it’s my life” … (and so often) … my friends, my week, my diary and my burden, my cross to bear, my sacrifice of good bad things for all the church good things I must want to do.
I am reminded that Love is The Greatest everywhere I look. At whoever I look and for whatever reason I look.
And just me sitting here without much “Sunday church” (or full life) involvement attracts an unspoken (and sometimes spoken) criticism. That if I “just attended” church I would see things have changed. That “it’s unfair” to comment from a distance. That I comment on stuff that “used to be” but isn’t how it is today.
The underlying theme is this:
If I was a proper Christian I would want to gather together (i.e. go to church at least every Sunday). If I was an actual Christian I would see that gathering together (i.e. going to church at least on Sunday) is how I become a disciple and make disciples. If I understood the bible and God’s purpose I wouldn’t even find it a choice – I would be there every Sunday – I would be a part of His Kingdom and His Work.
I am reminded that
we I become what we I think about.
And I choose to think not about “church” but about Love … and Living … and I Am … Always … Everywhere … in everything … and everyone … even me.
I don’t “need” to go to church – I don’t need to “be seen” to go to church – to be I Am.
I cannot help but be I Am.
I Am always.
Wherever I Am.
If I allow.