What should the church be like? What does Jesus want for us?
As ministry has been more and more with those outside of the church, I have found that those who don’t go to church have big hopes and expectations for the church, just like God.
The church is to be a place where the next generation is valued and welcomed. We are not only to welcome them, but also to grow them to love Jesus.
The church needs to live out the words of Christ, to follow with obedience. We can’t be people who pull others away from God. We must be those who can look at ourselves honestly and see what needs to be changed, and with God’s love, grace, power, and forgiveness, be changed. We must fight sin.
We must love all. We fight sin not be running away from sinners but by running to them, following Jesus. We sacrifice to reach the lost and see them home safe in God’s love and in community.
This is God’s dream for His people. We are not perfect, but the Church is part of God’s plan and He has not given up on us. Jesus made the Church, and this is where we belong, as imperfect as we are, we point to the only One who is perfect, and fulfills all we need as humans, and all our dreams.