TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY
YOU ARE THE CHURCH (1)Ephesians 4:12
‘The church is full of hypocrites. I stuck it out for longer than I wanted, but there was still no change so I left them to it. Besides, it’s your relationship with God that counts.’
It’s true that, ultimately, your relationship with God is what counts. But God has put His Spirit in each of us, and as Christians, we are given the amazing gift of ‘partaking in the divine nature’ (2 Peter 1:4.) Part of what that means is that when Christians gather together, we experience the presence of Christ by being a part of His Body. Yup – the Bible straight up calls the Church Christ’s Body. And God tells us plainly to ‘love Me, love My Church’. That’s because the Church is the God-chosen, God-inspired, God-lived-in plan for the world.
Fancy a spiritual slap? If you think you’re too good for the Church, you may have some serious pride issues to talk to God about.
The word ‘Church’ is today’s version of the Greek word ‘Ekklesia’ in the New Testament: meaning assembly. That basically means meeting, or just getting together as a group. It’s hard to assemble as one – imagine how disappointing the Avengers would’ve been if it turned out to be just Captain America 2, or Iron Man 3. God works through us as a people. Everyone plays their part. When the disciples faced a hungry flock who’d spent the day listening to Jesus, they also expected Jesus to sort out the catering. They were a bit put out when Jesus sent the ball back in their court saying, ‘You feed them’ (Mark 6:37 NLT). It’s the same for your church. If there are needs in your church that aren’t being met, why not try and meet them yourself! Your leader’s job is to, ‘equip God’s people to do His work and build up the Church, the body of Christ.’ (Ephesians 4:12 NLT) So roll up your sleeves and get stuck in – you are the Church!
Too proud for the crowd? Do you need to talk to God about that today? Or perhaps you’re chilling in the back benches, hovering on the edge of “church life”? How could you put more of yourself into your local church? Talk over with a friend what you could do and both commit to it.