By Steve Higginbotham
After Elvis would finish performing at one of his
concerts, his fans would be left cheering for more, hoping that he would come
back on stage to sing another song. Then the P.A. announcer would make
the statement, “Elvis has left the building.” That was the queue to the
fans that the concert was over and it was time to leave.
Well, if I may use that phrase as a jumping off point,
I think the church needs to realize that “Jesus has left the building.”
This leaves us with a decision to make. Will we stay huddled in the
building, practicing a very limited in scope, form of Christianity? Or
will we leave the building too, and follow Jesus?
Friends, Jesus has left the building, and he needs his
church to follow him and leave the building too. Our assemblies of
worship and study are wonderful. And Jesus joins us in them.
However, Jesus doesn’t stay in an empty building all week long, just waiting
for the next worship service. Likewise, the church needs to assemble, but
it also needs to follow Jesus and “leave the building.”
When Sunday’s over, let’s leave the building and
throughout the week, engage society, challenge culture, call men to holiness,
be lights in the workplace and at school, and point people to Jesus.
- Steve Higginbotham preaches for the Karns Church of Christ in Knoxville, TN.
He may be contacted through the congregation's website at