I simply argue that the cross be raised again in the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of churches. I want to recover the truth that Jesus was not crucified on an altar between two candlesticks, but on a garbage heap at a crossroads of the world, a cosmopolitan crossroads where they had to describe who He was in Latin, in Greek and in Hebrew, where soldiers gambled and cynics talked smut.
Quoted by Lloyd John Ogilvie in Praying Through the Tough Times(p. 47). Harvest House Publishers – A. Kindle Edition.
While taking nothing away from the value of the church, let’s not forget that Jesus didn’t live His entire life in the temple. He went out into the world to engage with needy people — the tax collectors, the prostitutes, the sick, those who were afflicted by evil. They are now, as they were then, not hard to find if we’re willing to set aside our life-style standards and get our hands dirty.
Our best teaching, our best acts of worship, and our best acts of loving others need not — indeed must not — be reserved for Sunday mornings. Praise God for those who have committed their lives to full-time ministry of the Gospel — including those who minister as plumbers, lawyers, farmers, housekeepers, bankers, and businessmen.