How would you answer that question? Here are some suggestions:
- It is for my enjoyment.
- It is so I can be fulfilled.
- It’s there so that we can reach the lost.
- It’s there so that we can use our gifts.
But think of these scriptures. Ponder upon these and think: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31) and “Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing to you with these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.” (1 Tim 3:14-15)
We should be doing all for the glory of God and remember that the church belongs to the our all glorious God. This leads us to the conclusion that the main reason for the church is for it to be there to show forth the glory of God.
This would lead us to think carefully regarding what church means to us and how it operates. Three implications are:
- We are always praying for the Lord to be glorified in his church.
- We are always seeking to operate in line with the Word of God.
- We are always careful to avoid the impression that the church belongs to me/us.
Its is interesting that when we get this perspective in place then we start to get a multitude of side benefits as well. When God is central to our appreciation of church and his glory is our longing then:
- I will find enjoyment.
- I will be fulfilled.
- We will be reaching the lost.
- We will be using our gifts.