The Importance of Staying Connected to Christ’s Body

Van Bradeen, Living Stone Church and Author of LIVE LOVE

Even though Jesus is our savior and His perfect word transforms us, our Christian life is not complete without other believers. Jesus designed His church to be devoted to each other’s spiritual maturity. Yes, sometimes we are afraid to let others see our issues, or even to evaluate ourselves against the perfect word of God, but resisting our call to be a vital part of God’s church can lead to pride and self-righteousness. It runs counter to God’s requirement that we become humble and vulnerable—necessary qualities to grow into one of another.

When a jagged rock falls into a creek, years of water washing and rubbing against other rocks eventually make it round and smooth. God designed us to be members of His church where we learn to function together, gradually smoothing our rough edges.

In the same way, pulling a burning stick from a campfire extinguishers the stick’s flame. It doesn’t burn well apart from the other sticks. The same goes for us. Rarely can we can make it apart from a local church; we become too easily deceived and the flame of the Holy Spirit eventually goes out.

Being joined together is more than just an act of our wills, however. As followers of Christ, we supernaturally become members of Jesus’ church through the Holy Spirit, being called as members of one another. Membership into His body is foundational to everything we will do in Christianity. It is essential for understanding the heart of God and His intentions for His people.

Just as one body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

The biblical definition of member is derived from the differing members of the physical body. Each member has a God-ordained function that supports the functioning of the entire body. Yet, we can only function as a spiritual body if we submit to God and His design for the church, being joined to each other in the spirit of unity. If, as a member of Christ’s body, I purposely neglect my connection with others, I am telling God and my fellow Christians:

*I don’t need them.
*I don’t want to be what God designed.
*I’m fine on my own.

There are many reasons Christians hold these attitudes and stay disconnected from a local body of believers.

*Fear of vulnerability.
*Guilt and shame.
*Past hurts and fear of trusting people.
*Thinking they don’t need help.
*Want to be left alone.
*Rebellion to the call of God.

We are more than saved beings walking alone with God. We are truly our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. We are to look out for each other, help each other, pray for each other, speak the truth to each other, and build each other up. There is never a time in our Christian life where we graduate out of God’s body.

For more of Van’s wisdom, grab a copy of his book Live Love on Amazon and you can also listen to his Easter Sermon, “The Four Wounds Of Christ” but clicking here.

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Have a Simply Blessed day 🙂

 

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