25th and 26th July
“If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honoured, all the parts are glad. All of you are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it..”
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Going to church on Sunday, shouldn’t be a religious checklist activity so that when you go home, you can tick the box that says ‘I went to church’. Church attendance is also not just for personal growth. It is not ‘what can I get from church’ but rather it should be ‘what can I give’, or ‘who can I serve’? There is something special about the body of the Christ. There is a deep connection. A church is often made up of many people from different walks of life, different cultures, different age groups and different spheres of influence. Yet all are united in the common factor of worshipping the same God together.
Furthermore, we are all there to support each other; There to lift each other up when we are feeling down, rejoice with each other when there is good news, encourage one another, cry with each other, pray and journey with each other. Our passion should not only be to see the lost come to Christ but to see our brothers and sisters running the race well, not wavering in faith and when life deals a hard blow, be there to support and pick them up. We should be the first to rejoice with our brothers and sisters when someone has received good news. We should praise God together.
Unity pleases God, helps us grow and stops the work of the enemy in our lives. The enemy lives to thwart unity. Yet in the power and because of the power of the Holy Spirit, we can live in love and harmony, bearing our brother’s burdens or rejoicing with our sister’s honour!