I spend a lot of time thinking about what I wish church were like. Usually it is a lot more daydreaming than critical thinking. Wouldn’t it be amazing if church were like a party? Now, before you jump to conclusions, hear me out. I am not talking about some crazy, get the cops called kind of party (but wouldn’t that be a sight to see). I am talking more about a party of old friends. I imagine a very close knit community, a place where everyone is excited to see everyone else. Some of you might think it is like that already, but we all know that most people (if they are being honest) have at least one person that they try to avoid on Sunday mornings. What would a church filled with genuine friendships look like? I think it looks like a party. And I think that is a lot like what heaven will look like, one giant party of best friends reuniting because of a common thing—our Savior. So why can we not have that every time that we get together? Why should we have to wait? I have been thinking a lot about reconciliation.
Colossians 1:17-20 “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” Reconciliation is so important to God that he sent his son to reconcile all things, and how many times do we forget about reconciliation? This is why churches are not all big parties, because not everyone is reconciled. But, in heaven we will be, and that is why it will be a party, a party revolving around Christ. We will reunite because of him and he holds all things together. We should be looking to him, the head of the body.
If we reconcile ourselves to all those around us, in order to come closer to Christ, and become a focused part of the body, then my dream can become a reality and church will be a big party of the best friends we have ever had. And when church is a party, who does not want to be a part? Who will not want to join in?