“Sorry I am a bit late,” I said, “but I had to park a long way away.”
“That’s OK,” said Stan.
“I walked by that church at 4th and Elm,” I remarked. “Haven’t been by it for a long time. It sure is a beautiful church.”
“How can you say that?” Stan asked.
“Just look at it; it’s beautiful.”
“A beautiful building, by itself, doesn’t make a beautiful church,” Stan countered. “It’s the people who are the church, not the building.”
“OK, I stand corrected,” I kind of muttered, “but it sure is a beautiful building.”
“I can agree with that,” Stan said, “but I have been in some magnificently beautiful buildings that are totally dead as the home of a church.”
I chimed in, “Yes, my wife and I were in Europe a few years back. Saw some amazing cathedrals that seemed really dead.”
“Don’t have to go to Europe to see that, and you don’t even have to go into a cathedral to see that,” Stan said.
“In fact,” he continued, “I have been in some pretty ugly buildings that were just as dead as churches, and I have been in ugly buildings that had beautiful churches. It is all a matter of who is sitting in the pews or on the chairs inside of the building.”
“Be a part of a vibrant church. It is essential. Beautiful church buildings can be a delight to the eyes, but God is more interested in what is inside of that building.”
Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27.
Prayer: Lord, I know your desire is for your church to be strong and vibrant so it makes a difference for you. I pray for each person in each body of believers that each one will be only what you intend. Please help us focus on building up the body of Christ, not on constructing beautiful buildings. Amen.