We spoke on Saturday about the truth that the "kingdom of God is within us." The passage actually refers to when the kingdom of God would come and Jesus said, "The Kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'here it is,' or 'there it is,' because the kingdom of God is with you.
This is one of the biggest repositionings that we need to make, to stop thinking that we do ministry over there--in the church--and to start thinking that "I am ministry because Jesus is within me."
I think in some ways that going to a building to worship has unintentionally created a segmentation that allows us to forget about being available for the Kingdom of God to show up. I realized that I used to say "I am going to church" when now I am say, "I am going to Pine Lake," because the church is not the building. The church is me at Starbucks when I am with another who knows him and we speak about what he is teaching us or what he calling us to do. The church is me when I stop and help someone in trouble. The church is me when I open my home to others. The church is me when I read a distressing article and I stop and pray.
Let's journey together in making this paradigm shift. It's going to take awhile and it's going to take focus, but this is worth it.
It's like a person who found a treasure hidden in a field. When the person found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought the field.
The shifts most likely won't happen in big degrees, they will be small adjustments along the way. Nothing is too small to share, but do tell us because then we can all share in the joy of discovering the treasure.