Meditation. 20.8.2016. Church for broken souls


broken window

Our community of believers in Taree does not own a church hall. Instead we hold our Sunday service in a rented hall. It’s easy to sometimes think that it would be better to worship in a nice building of our own; one which people would be attracted to.

Earlier this year vandals threw rocks through some of the high windows at the front of the hall. The owners of the hall have not yet replaced the broken windows which are rather an eyesore.

Last week the comment was made to me by one of our congregation that it disturbs her to see the broken windows each week but that it reminds her of ‘broken souls’.

On reflection, that was a very insightful comment.

As mentioned in our editorial, Jesus said, "Healthy people don't need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners." Mark 2:17 NLT

God isn’t concerned about what we appear to be – he knows who we really are.

When Samuel was sent to choose a king he was told, “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

It doesn’t really matter what the building is like…it is the people who are in it that matter. Like the windows, we have all been broken, and it is only through Christ that we can be mended.

We are in fact a ‘building’ ourselves! Paul said, “For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people." 

In a way it may be a little sad when those windows are repaired because we won’t have that constant reminder that we all come to worship together as ‘broken souls’; but to see them repaired will also remind us that we too have been ‘healed’.