The Church Has Left the Building

Have you ever felt God show up in your daily life and think “Wow, I feel like I’m in church“?

When you start a conversation with someone and before you know it, you’re sharing testimonies and hugging in the middle of Walmart? Or you start crying as someone prays for you, sitting in a booth at Chick fil A?

I’ve experienced those “divine appointments” where the Holy Spirit shows up in the most unexpected places.

Those moments rarely happen when I’m in my Sunday best. Its usually on days where I’m barely holding it together. Tackling a long todo list, running late, spilling my coffee - one of those days.

But the Lord meets me where I’m at. Even when I’m not necessarily looking for Him. He shows up in simple, profound ways, to remind me that He is in control.

Those moments remind me that Church is not a building. As believers, we ARE the church. Our response to who God is, is an act of worship, no matter where we are. 

In fact, the only wrong response is no response at all.

When we face the fact that God is all knowing, all powerful, and all loving, how can we not jump for joy in the middle of the grocery store, or cry in a crowded restaurant?

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He isn’t legalistic, waiting till we have it together before He will show up. He meets us right where we are.

Think about this: what if those divine appointments weren’t so unexpected? What would it look like if we actually prayed for those things to happen, looked out for those opportunities, and even spoke them into existence?

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
— Mark 11:22-24 ESV

Pause right now, and invite the Holy Spirit to show up in your day to day. Ask the Lord to show up and show you more of Himself outside the four walls of the church. Now watch what He will do!

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Lydia Walker Athey is a Singer/Songwriter and Worship Leader whose goal is to inspire others with the hope of Christ through her music.