Every time Sunday rolls around, you have two options. You can go to church, or you can sleep in and spend the morning relaxing. We live in a technologically advanced society, so you can access any content you want without even leaving the house. Yes? You can spend the morning watching Netflix, or even access some great teaching and preaching from a church.
The problem is this... If we allow comfort, technology, or anything else to keep us from getting involved in the local church, we are missing out on a critical part of life that God calls us to live.
Participating in church is not just about receiving. It's about working with God for His greater purpose. In 1 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul uses the metaphor of the human body and its components to describe the church and the roles we have to play. Just like our bodies, each part has a very specific purpose that would be missed if it were gone. "If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?" (1 Corinthians 12:18)
As followers of Jesus, we each have gifts, talents, and abilities for the purpose of building up the church. Everyone is not created to be a preacher or musician, but we are all created for something! No parts of the body of Christ are unnecessary. (1 Corinthians 12:21-23)
There's no better entity on earth to serve God's purposes than the local church. If you don't understand that, it's most likely because you're not participating. Don't take our word for it - jump in and get involved in one. Experiencing the power of Jesus firsthand changes us on the inside...in an incredible way! When we all start using our gifts within the church, the kingdom of God grows and amazing things take place.
Where will you be this Sunday?