What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. 1 Corinthians 14:26
Jesus came to build His church. It was to be built with people who would follow Him and believe in Him and glorify God. He was looking at the church as a whole, not the individual churches that are seen today.
Each individual, physical church today has a part in building up God’s church. And inside each individual church, every person has a part in building up God’s church. Working together, God’s church will be built up.
Over the years, the ways of building up His church has changed. It is common today to see some churches use many methods to build it up. Paul gave some guidelines in what is needed to build a church up. Hymns, instruction, revelation, tongues, and interpretation are all needed in the process.
While there are many churches that use these methods, there are also many that do not. Some churches do not really preach the word of God, but put on a good entertainment show for the people. Sinful practices are allowed openly in the leaders of the church, while claiming to believe in Jesus. There is no real word of instruction, but it is all about feeling good, not being holy.
Flashing lights, fast songs, and coffee may draw a lot of people to the physical church, but the question is are they being changed to be more like Jesus? Without the word of God being at the center of everything being done, the church is not really being built up.
The things Paul listed are all focused on God and His Word, not on the physical things of this world.
As a believer in Christ, when you go to church, you must focus on building His church up. How are you leading others to walk closer to God? What words can you speak that will point people to God, rather than to this world?
Allow yourself to be led by His Holy Spirit to know the word to speak and the revelation to give someone else. Everything you do in the church is to worship God and build others up, whether you are the pastor or a member.
I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do in the church service; that God will reveal to you how to build His church; that God and His word will be the focus of every physical church; and that His church will be built up.