I just came in from my morning walk.
My devotions led me to this.
Sorry, but I just can’t seem to get away from those signs. Sometimes they “message me” in unexpected ways.
A couple of days ago a new friend in another state, a new friend largely because of the message on the signs, “messaged me”. She had her daughter work up some art that said “Encourage one another” and “Just be kind.” She has a project in mind you see. Then she noted that there was not room for their church information - meaning the logo and name. I responded, “that IS the church information.”
If we are the church, or if we are even becoming the church, we aren’t going to be into our brand. We aren’t going to be about our building. We aren’t going to be about ourselves.
We are going to be about Jesus and his gentle ways. We are going to be about Jesus and his kindness. We are going to be about Jesus and the “yes” he is to us for we need that encouragement. It has meant so much to us that we offer it to others. Freely. As they are. Where they are.
Another new friend came to worship with us a few weeks ago. She hasn’t missed being with us since. It is a good thing because she needed to be loved on. And we needed her wisdom. Just a couple of days ago, about the same time I got the “message” about the sign. She “messaged” this…
“… In fact I don’t think preach is quite the word for it. It’s more like a conversation between a group of people who love God talking about the goodness and the grace of God. I leave church with such a sense of peace every Sunday…”
And so, this morning I conclude that the church information is you. The ways that you are living out your faith. The incredible love you have received and freely share. This morning I am reminded, strongly and dramatically, that the church sign is YOU. Someone, this very hour, is waiting for you to “message” them.