Years ago I was asked to photograph the interior of a church for a Church directory. There were no people in the church. I thought isn't the church the people? The presence of the Lord may be felt in an empty church, often this is the case when alone in a church seeking the Lord, but the church are those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our physical church building looks good. A lot of maintenance is needed to keep it up. The Pastor and helpers should be commended for all they do to make the church a pleasant place to attend and to experience the presence of the Lord. There is wear and tear and also concerns from the weather as well as watching out for thieves that would like to break in and to bring destruction. Any property requires maintenance and it can be costly.
The poor and the afflicted of the body of Christ need maintenance as well. The grace of God keeps them going.
Psa 140:12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.
Psa 140:13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.
Isa 58:10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
Isa 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
Isa 58:12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
We have a most important calling, to keep the way of Christ pure so that others may come to him with repentance, knowing the way and becoming his disciples in a world of many paths and ways. With so many voices, we must hear the Masters voice and lead the sheep into the path of life.
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.