The art of being PRESENT
PRESENT IN THE CHURCH
The local church is a place where God’s majesty is displayed and His purpose is outworked. We therefore all need to guard against familiarity regarding being present and planted in His House.
That said, there is something breathtaking about God’s unified global Church. Just as a present individual believer strengthens a local church, so too a present local church that has embraced its unique calling, strengthens the unified global Church.
When we think of revival – thanking God for what we see already and believing God for more – our focus often rests on the local sphere of our church, families, friends and neighbours. So it should, for God has entrusted them to us.
Yet by lifting our eyes to also perceive what God is doing and can do globally, we too can be wholly present in the global Church.
Write down what you see God doing, and what you long to see Him do, in your life at home, your local church and in the Church at large.
CONSEQUENTLY, YOU ARE NO LONGER FOREIGNERS AND STRANGERS, BUT FELLOW CITIZENS WITH GOD’S PEOPLE AND ALSO MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD, BUILT ON THE FOUNDATION OF THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS, WITH CHRIST JESUS HIMSELF AS THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE. IN HIM THE WHOLE BUILDING IS JOINED TOGETHER AND RISES TO BECOME A HOLY TEMPLE IN THE LORD. AND IN HIM YOU TOO ARE BEING BUILT TOGETHER TO BECOME A DWELLING IN WHICH GOD LIVES BY HIS SPIRIT.
Ephesians 2:19-22 (NIV)