Verse 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
We have been talking about the way we are to love each other in the Body of Christ and today we are going to start talking about how we are to be putting that love into full action.
Our loving each other doesn’t matter if it stays there. We need to take it deeper and put it into action as we journey together through life. This means we need to stop seeing our Church family as someone we visit on Sunday mornings. If we aren’t more involved with our Church family we need to ask ourselves some hard questions. Why aren’t we more involved? What is our relationship with God if we don’t want to be in closer ties with His chosen people? How can we actually think of ourselves as part of the Church family if we aren’t actually doing life with them?
It is commonly said among churches that 20% of the people do 80% of the work of a church. This leads to members getting worn thin while others warm a pew on Sunday mornings. We need to wonder why this is such a problem in churches. Is it just laziness or do people not recognize the benefit of serving the family of God? Or is it the lack of relationship with Christ that leads to wanting to use our time in the activities of the world instead of for the kingdom of God?
These are hard questions but they are ones we all have to ask ourselves. We need to learn to be honest with ourselves if we are ever going to loving towards the Church. If we are a part of the Church we are part of the family and need to be seeing ourselves as on this journey together. There is no just sitting and enjoying the journey of faith. A journey implies movement and that means that we need to be moving and since we are the body of Christ we should be moving in the same direction with the same goal.
We may ask what the goal is. That is an important question and we need to answer remembering that the goal isn’t for us individually but is a goal for the whole of the church. Jesus helped His disciples learn this goal and Paul and the other early Church leaders learned it and taught it too. This goal isn’t about bringing attention and glory to the building or the people that gather there, it is about bringing glory to God. Our goal has to be about God and His kingdom and that is why it is so important that we know where our relationship with Him stands so that we can know the work He is wanting for us to do. And then we need to do it!
Making It Personal
How important is it to you to be living life with fellow believers? How is your relationship with God? Are you part of the 20% that are active in the Church? Why or why not?
Making It Personal Kids
What does a good relationship with God look like? What does a good relationship with others in the Church look like? What does your relationship with God look like? How about your relationship with others in the Church?
Father, we know that You have work for each member in the family. Please teach us what You want us to do and give us the desire to do them. In Jesus’ name, amen.