As I write this, we have just missed one Sunday service and scrambled oh so imperfectly to provide a semblance of church for you, only to hope that you were able to step up and be a shepherd in your own house, leading your own worship. Maybe by the time this gets out things are running a little smoother, or maybe we’re back in church!
One of the biggest difficulties we immediately faced was how to get a hold of everyone. We live in a time when some people only communicate through facebook, some email, some text, some call, and some won’t do anything but face to face! And even then, not all the texts go through, the emails are filtered to the wrong tab, voicemails can disappear into space, or you don’t answer the door because you think it’s a salesman or you’re asleep! I’ve struggled with the pressure to get everyone on the same page, but there is no sure way to reach everybody and be that “one body” that Paul urges for so constantly.
Or is there? Did you realize that God is seeking you out in much the same way, only more? He’s trying to reach you through songs, through Scripture, through friends, and through silence. He’s calling in any way He can reach you. He even spoke to the foreign Magi through the language of stars, to show up at His nonstop effort to reach all of humanity - His becoming flesh, His defeating death, and His Great Commission.
There I was just explaining how difficult it is to get everyone on the same page. Did you catch the mistake? I was thinking if I could just get a hold of everyone perfectly, we’d be one, perfectly. I could reach everyone, we could do things together, but there’s someone WAAAAAY more important than me that’s trying to reach you. Luke says of Jesus (19: 10), “the Son of Man has come to SEEK and to SAVE that which was lost.”
Yes, please check your gmail, church texts, newsletters. But I have a feeling we won’t really be that “one body” until we check our “G”mail. When we’re all on the same page with God, it won’t matter how many ways your preacher tries, we’ll be on the same page. The same page of the same book of life.
“But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers wil worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is SEEKING such people to worship him.” -John 4:23
God is seeking you out, are you available?
Sean King is the Pastor for First Christian Church of Cisco.