An aeroplane without wings, a car without wheels, Turner without Hooch, Scotland without Irn-Bru!
There is just something fundamentally wrong if those things don’t go together, isn’t there?
It seems to me sometimes that the church can really be like this.
We think we have it all together with programmes, coffee mornings, nice buildings, and whatever else, and yet forget the main thing, or should I say, the main person – Jesus!
I remember hearing a story about a wee lad, called Bob, who wanted to find Jesus.
He was from “the wrong side of the tracks”, as the saying goes.
Yet he wanted to find Jesus, so he went to this big, impressive church.
He thought ‘surely this is a place where I could find him’.
So in the doors he went and saw all these people, the great and the good, all dressed up and properly seated.
‘Hmm, surely this would be the place?’ thought Bob.
So Bob sat down beside this man who was giving out Bibles.
“ ‘Cuse me sir. Do you know where Jesus is?” asked Bob.
“Hush,” came the reply.
Undaunted, he tried asking another person.
“I am busy getting the choir ready.”
Again. “Young man, I am preparing to deliver the sermon.”
Lastly, to the sweet old granny: “Young man, church is where children are seen and not heard!”
Poor Bob didn’t have much luck finding Jesus in the church, so he left in tears and sat down on the street outside.
Along came this figure who seemed familiar.
He sat down beside Bob and said: “It’s OK, Bob, they don’t have time for me in there either.”
The figure, of course, was Jesus.
Just a story, but a powerful one nevertheless.
Jesus said to the church in Laodicea: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
“If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”
It seems that forgetting what the church and the Christian life is really all about is not a new problem.
Let us all listen for that voice, and open our church and open our lives to the one “who loved us and gave Himself for us”.