What Are the Treasures of the Church?

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An Archbishop was given an ultimatum by the Huns who surrounded his cathedral. “You have 24 hours to bring your wealth to these steps”, the war-leader declared. The next morning the Archbishop came out leading the poor, the blind, the lame, and the lunatics. “Where is your treasure? Why have you brought out these, people?” The Archbishop calmly replied, “These are the treasures of the Church— these who are weak are our valuables. They make us rich.”

As Christians often our theology tells us that mental illness: ADHD,  depression, and bipolar disorder have no place in the believer’s life. Physical illnesses like fibromyalgia, migraines, diabetes and epilepsy are denied. So we hide, sneaking into our sessions with our therapists, and our doctors appointments. We change the subject to minimize our exposure to direct questions. The pressure to hide is very strong.

But I would suggest to you that it is perhaps we who are closest to the Kingdom of God. It is far easier for us to approach the Father, in our brokenness, humility, and lostness, than whole people can. We understand we have needs; a sound mind, a healthy body and we know it. We have no illusions of wellness, nothing can convince us that we are well. We are not. We are broken and only our loving creator can mend us.

You might say that the Church needs us.

But I am afraid the the Western Church no longer sees its “treasures” like it should. In our pride and self-centeredness we have operated our churches like successful businesses. We value giftedness more than weakness. We definitely have no room for the desperately sick or weak. Maybe it’s time for the Church to begin to act like Jesus?

Church isn’t where you meet. Church isn’t a building. Church is what you do. Church should be a verb.  Church is who you are. Church is the human out-working of the person of Jesus Christ. 

Let’s not go to Church, let’s be the Church.

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Author: Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, epilepsy, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alaska.

6 thoughts on “What Are the Treasures of the Church?”

  1. Dear Bryan,
    Praise God! I believe what you have said wholeheartedly! After 42 years of being misunderstood and rejected by the Christian Communities in which I have been involved, I am ready to throw in the towel…I have experienced this over and over .I have not been loved and accepted by most Christians,because of Bipolar Disorder.My spiritual gifts are discounted and have been told that I am too broken to be used in ministry. I am considering leaving organized religion and the ” church” and serving on my own. I have a growing relationship with Jesus and its a shame. I have sooo much to give and offer .I want to start a ministry in the Church to educate them about the least of these.They dont get it!!! Love in Christ,
    Darlene
    Any advise Bryan, would be appreciated!! Thanks…

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    1. Hi.
      1) Get resources (e.g. websites, books, tapes, music,) that will support and buiild this. 2) Find 2-3 believers that you can share your heart with. 3) Use all that BB has to offer on this. 4) Pray and worship.

      Keep in touch, let me know what happens. I want to pray for an open door.

      ybic, B.

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  2. Church, the eklesia, the Body of Messiah. The arms, legs, mouth, ears, and even the toes…we each have our gifts that God gives us to use as part of his body. What an amazing privilege and honor, to be Messiah’s body.

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