The dictionary defines ‘church‘ as 1. a building for public and especially christian worship, 2. the clergy or officialdom of a religious body, 3. a body or organization of religious believes. It’s #3 that I want to talk about.
I am a fairly new Christian. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and I was baptized on March 30, 2014. I was baptized in the church I still attend today. Since then, I have been studying the Word of God. I have been joining my fellow believers for service at the building where we meet every Sunday morning. I became a part of a Bible study group, which I now lead. I have been trying to do everything I am lead to do. I want to serve the Lord and see His will done.
In doing all of these things, doing what God leads me to do, I’ve realized that having the support of your fellow believers is a must. The church must work together, as the Body of Christ, to do God’s will. When there are issues within the church, between the members of the church, their purpose is deterred.
We are all human and we all possess free will. With this being said, if we do not seek God and keep our eyes on Him; we will stumble, we will fall and we may cause our fellow believers to stumble and fall as well. As a human, we allow feelings and emotions to control our actions. When someone does something to hurt us, rather than doing as God says and going to that person to work it out, we complain to others. That just causes more strife. If a fellow church member is doing something that they ought not to do, instead of trying to help, we criticize them in front of others. We, as brothers and sisters in Christ, should be able to work things out. We should be able to have open communication. Proverbs 27:5-6 says “Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. The people who are willing to ‘call you out’ for doing something wrong, care much more about you than those who flatter you for their own gain.
As Christians, we are commanded by God to love each other. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we should want to love each other. But again, we let our human feelings control our actions. I, myself, am guilty of this very thing more often than I’d like to admit. Again, if we seek God in all things and we keep our eyes on Him at all times, we can do the things God calls us to do. He is living inside us, the power He has lives inside us. Our church, the body of believers I have accepted as my Christian family, has the power to do amazing things. We can do all things through Christ. That means ALL things! We just need to stop getting in our own way.
Our church family is a sacred thing. It’s important to remember that we, as a body of Christ, are connected to God; individually and as a whole. He loves us and will work all things for our good!