A Christian without a church, is like a person without a family.
None of us can do life alone. It’s not safe. Without a local church family, we are cut off like an aimless and defenseless orphan:
- lonely–without others both to give love to, and receive love from–this is a well-known vitally basic human need
- vulnerable–having no spiritual protection, no covering
- isolated–easy picking for any passerby with less than good intentions–we have a very active enemy
- hungry–trying to scavenge food on our own, it’s less than appetizing, and eating alone is never enjoyable
- open to the elements–easily blown and tossed about by the reigning secular mindsets, secular reasoning, falsity
- wandering–no place to lay our head and unsure of what direction to take
God sets the lonely in families, He leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land, Psalm 68:6.
There are a lot of people who don’t have a church. Many who don’t go to church on Sunday. Way too many. And way, way, too many excuses. Yet there are very few, if any legitimate reasons…
The church is what Jesus gave His life for. He’s not too interested in our reasons, or excuses, for not being a vital part. A christian may as well say, I know you gave your life for it Jesus, but I’m just going to sit at home, do my own thing…
The church is what Jesus gave His life for. And He saw you and me as He did it.
The church is what Jesus gave His life for. And He asks us to do the same. It means giving up what we may prefer to do, what is convenient or comfortable. Giving up our own illogical reasonings and excuses, and very often pride. Giving up past resentments, hurts, and even prejudices. For some people, it means giving up their need to be in control of the pastor and understand God places authority in our life for our own good. To rebel against it, is rebelling not against a leader, but God Himself.
The church is what Jesus gave His life for. It requires us to value other human lives as precious and valuable, giving dignity, honor and respect to others, even ahead of our own needs.
The church is what Jesus gave His life for…
If we have given our life to Jesus, if Jesus truly has us, owns us, is the center of who we are, (this is the tell) we will do the exact same thing Jesus did, we will give our life for the church. We will be there consistently, plugged in, planted, submitted, giving our tithe, vitally connected, serving and receiving, flourishing…
Those who are Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God, Psalm 92:13.