Although it has been said in many different ways I always love to hear about stories of the church “being the church” in the community. Some people might say that they are just “paying it forward” or, as Rick will often put it, we need to “be Jesus.” Without fail my heart is moved whether you hear of small acts of thoughtfulness and kindness or large scale movements that change the tides of history. I love how Jeremy Meyers writes in an article titled “How to be the Church in your Community” how simply being mindful daily we (the church) can show up in our community in small yet meaningful ways. This message has been a recurring theme that I love revisiting at CTK and if you enjoy this small excerpt from the article then I would encourage you to look up it up in its entirety.
“What does a typical day of “being the church in the community” look like for us? I doubt that there is such a thing for us as a typical day, but I will describe what it looked like for us today.
After spending the morning on jury duty, I came home and changed to go running. First, however, I watered plants and pulled weeds for a neighbor who is out of town. Then I talked with another neighbor whose wife recently left him. I invited him to our upcoming block party.
After running, I talked to another neighbor about some details for the upcoming block party that she is helping us organize, then greeted another neighbor, a widow who told me her phones had not worked for two days and she could not call anyone because she had also lost her cell phone. A couple of hours later, we had determined that there was a problem with her phone system, and had found her cell phone so she could report the problem with her landline to her landline provider.
After my wife came home from work, we walked through our neighborhood before leaving for our evening class. We greeted several neighbors, then drove to class. After class, we discovered a backpack in the parking lot next to our car. We opened it (no, it didn’t explode) and found a driver’s license, credit card and other personal items for a person vacationing from out of the area. With the help of a friend who has a smart phone app that found a phone number for the address on the driver’s license, we reached the owner of the backpack and arranged for her to pick up her backpack.
It Takes Nothing Big to Be the Church.
As you can see, nothing about our day would be material for a book or a mini-series. It would never be the sermon illustration for a mega-church sermon. Yet, we see days like this as a somewhat typical day of being the church in the community.
To be the church, all we do is keep our eyes and ears open to the people around us, and try to show them love in whatever way we can.