In life it is easy to take things, people and institutions for granted. For example, you know that the grocery store is going to be open for business when you stop by on your way home from work at 5:30 pm. You know that your bank will be open when you stop by on your Friday lunch break. You know that your church will be conducting a worship service Sunday morning from 10-11:30 am. You know your best friend will answer the phone when you call. We expect certain things to happen and we begin to take for granted that it will be so; the grocery store will be open, the bank will be ready for my business and of course, church will always be there.
When we take things for granted, we often become casual in our attitudes toward them. This may be most prevalent in our attitudes towards church and our involvement and participation. Today (Sunday) I will be sharing the importance of our being active in a community of people who love Jesus and one another. God ordained the Church to be the Body of Christ, The Bride of Christ. The Church is not perfect and never will be this side of eternity, but Jesus calls the Church His own (My Church) and promises that He will build it and that no force of hell will be able to stand against it (Matthew 16:18.)
Our involvement and participation in the Body of Christ is vital for our well being and the well being of others too. We not only receive from this incredible family, but we all have so much to give as we love, serve and offer ourselves to the Lord and to each another. Don’t take the Church or your involvement in it for granted. Without each of us filling our role God’s Church doesn’t function the way He designed it to work. You are vital!