'...for you, O Lord, help and comfort me...' Psalm 86:17 NLT
Even though the Church is a reflection of God here on earth, we can still let each other down. Because we’re human. Now, if there’s serious negative stuff going on inside of a church, it’s important to seek help or (safely and gracefully) call out the wrongs. Definitely. But sometimes it’s the little things that make up our most of our irritations with the Church. Y’know, things like the quality of the coffee, *that* song (that the worship leader played yet again, sigh), or the preacher that never quite gets to the point. But… actually, let’s remember that we’re a part of those things. As a Christian, you’ve become a part of the Church. We’re made to be involved in the wider community of Christians, and if our preferences separate us from that, we’re missing something. Paul wrote that the Church is the ‘body of Christ’ and that ‘each one of you is a part of it.’ (1 Corinthians 12:27 NIV) He also wrote that we all ‘fall short of the glory of God.’ (Romans 3:23 NIV) Together, those two verses tell us that, exactly like a body, the eternal Church, and each individual church, takes work and understanding to keep it healthy. All of us, then, should be working in some way to build churches that look more and more Christ–like. So, let’s take it back to basics. Grab some Christian friends, get together to worship, chat through some Scripture and share a meal together. That is where the Church starts.
SoulFood: Ex 22-24, John 4:1-12, Ps 89:15-37, Prov 26:20-22
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