If you’re like most Christians, you’ve occasionally wondered if your participation in a local church really matters. Shoot, according to one study, nearly half of all pastors report a temptation to resign on any given week! Getting (and staying) plugged in takes dedication, perseverance, patience, and sometimes a lot of work!
And somewhere along the line, we end up asking the question, “Is it really worth it?” After all, we can now catch a sermon on TV, or stream it live from a church’s website – why bother getting the kids ready, etc? (Believe me, I remember those days!) May I give you just a couple of answers to that question?
First, Scripture commands it – which really should be enough, shouldn’t it? We are to be in the practice of gathering with like-minded followers of Christ routinely (Hebrews 10:25). But why? Well, first, that same verse tells us that while gathered together we have the opportunity to encourage one another.
Secondly, it’s really tough to practice the “one anothers” of Scripture (love one another, be patient with one another, carry one another’s burdens, etc) if we’re never around others. It becomes a practical impossibility.
Lastly, we can accomplish more for Christ together than we can individually – it’s just the truth. That little light of yours shines much, much brighter when it’s working alongside many other little shining lights. Did you realize that a half-moon doesn’t reflect ½ the light of a full moon? Not even close. A full moon is >9 times brighter than a half-moon. Likewise, a “full church” shines much more brightly in a darkened world.
It takes muscle to move the bones of any body – and you bring muscle to the mix. As a result, the body of Christ can do more with you than without. The single flame you bring matters, Christian – add it to the light of others regularly! –Dave
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27)
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