To Be the Church…is to Move

to be the church is to be on the move
to be the church is to be willing and available
to be the church is to care for the people on the fringes
to be the church is to go
to be the church is to care deeply for others, all others
to be the church is to love
to be the church is to give of ourselves
we are not called to a holy huddle
we are not called to the status quo
we are not called to stop, stay, and hide
we are not called to think of ourselves first and mostly
we are not called to save ourselves, our stuff, our preferences
we are not called to build up around us
we are not called to keep a tight hold of this thing called the gospel
to be the church is to move, one and the same
the people of God have always been called to move
the people of God have always done hard, extraordinary things
the people of God have always been the unlikely ones
the people of God have always been pushed to the uncomfortable
the people of God have always had questions
the people of God have always had to learn dependence on God
the people of God have always found the risk outweighs comfort
because God alone is worthy of our lives
because God compels us follow him to purpose and meaning
because somehow God lets us see
because somehow God speaks and prompts and whispers
because somehow God changes and transforms our hearts
because somehow God leads us in the unknown, unfamiliar places
because somehow God gives us peace in the middle of this world
we can’t help it
once we truly discover, behold, and know in our bones the goodness of God we will move
we are the church and we will move
it’s who we are
it’s who God is

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