Recently, I heard a story about an encounter CH Spurgeon had with a Christian who was questioning the need for church participation. As the story goes, the man told Spurgeon that he had given his life to Christ, but did not intend to give himself to any church. In response, Spurgeon challenged the man’s obedience to Hebrews 10:25 regarding the forsaking of assembling together.
Apparently, the men were standing near a construction site during the conversation. Seeing a single brick lying on the ground, Spurgeon pointed to it and asked the man what bricks were meant for. The obvious answer, which the man provided, was to build homes and buildings.
Exactly Spurgeon’s point! In a sense, we are all single bricks – not much good on our own, but incredibly useful when we each do our part toward the building of God’s church. Peter described it this way, “You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).
God’s spiritual house, His church, is formed when all of us “bricks” come and play our part. Without each one of us, the building has holes and is simply incomplete. Don’t miss out on the unique part God has for you in His church. If you’re not sure what your role is, ask where the holes are in your current church and begin serving there until you find a nice fit!
Don’t settle for being a paper weight, be part of something much larger. –Dave
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