Tear Down This Wall!
In the past few years, I have become increasingly dissatisfied with my church experiences. Don’t get me wrong. I love the church. I “grew up” in the church. I even had a favorite pew that I slept on! The problem is that most of the churches I have been involved with have not intentionally sought to tell others about Jesus. Sure, we have experienced meaningful Bible studies with other Christ followers and enjoyed having fun adventures with each other. But, so often, the problem is that—in our efforts to be unified as a body—we have neglected The Great Commission. We have not had the drive or the energy to make disciples.
There is nothing easy about making disciples. It is so much more uncomplicated to stay inside our church cocoon and keep ourselves happy. However, Jesus is not calling us to confine worship within our church walls. Romans 12:1 says, “Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” Worship is a 24/7 act. It extends well past Sunday morning and into the week, into the community, and into the lives of those who do not know Jesus.
If we are serious about following Jesus, we need to be like him. This means dangerously seeking others. It is one thing to declare worship as, “seeker friendly”, expecting people to magically come to Jesus, but quite another to actually worship outside the four walls of our church building.
Also, it is not the sole mission of the church to make disciples. The Great Commission is a personal calling.
In 1980’s, the cold war was ending. The iron curtain that had literally and symbolically separated Europe was crumbling. In a historic speech, President Reagan implored Mr. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!” This is what we have been commissioned to do. We must metaphorically tear down our church walls and focus our energy outward. We must show our love and serve those in our communities. We must be like Jesus and tear down our walls!