I want to draw your attention to an aspect of what I believe Christ is doing during this mess. Church buildings have been shut down along with several other idolatrous activities which the American public had long worshipped. Our sports teams, movie theatres, casinos, bars, stores in which some practiced "retail therapy" and a host of other activities which we used to "entertain ourselves" have been shut down. That includes church. Many are not able to "go to church."
I say many, but not everyone. Why? It's because there was a remnant who did not go to be entertained. They went to worship our Lord, pray, equip others and get equipped to serve our Father's purpose.
Go to Church?
Did you know that you cannot find the phrase "go to church" in the scripture (NKJV or KJV). No wait just one minute. Don't jump ahead of me. I'm not discouraging the church assembling together like the scripture says we should do. What I am hammering on is an attitude prevalent in much of the Western Church wherein we "go to church" to be entertained just like we go to a sporting event or a movie. We would never say that, but our actions scream it. We watch, but do not participate or we participate very little and we critique the sermon or the worship team like we would a football game or a movie.
Understand, we were not called to go to church but rather to be the Church. You know, the Church Jesus referred to when He said, "I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18)
The word translated “church” comes from the Greek word ekklessia which according to Strong's Concordance means "the called-out ones." It references members of a Christian community. Do you know where the early Church met? They met in homes, from house to house.
Calling the Church Up and Out
I think Satan is trying to shut the Church down whereas God is calling the Church up and out! He is calling us up to the standard of a disciple described in His word and He is calling us out of our comfort zone which is outside the four walls of a church building. He is calling us out of our comfort zone and into the kingdom zone.
The kingdom zone is where believers choose to act like Jesus. It is where they decide to rule, and reign and that rulership begins in their own heart first and then extends to their family and in their home. That is their domain. They can choose to make it the King of King's domain if they choose to apply God’s word, pray and obey His leading and guidance.