"You are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. The Cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself. We are carefully joined together in Him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through Him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by His Spirit." ~ Ephesians 2:19-22 (NLT)
How many times have you pushed the Pedestrian "Push To Walk" Button on the corner? It's there. It's available. It helps. Does it? Do you know that, in New York City, 2,500 of the 3,250 of the Push Buttons are Pedestrian Placebos? Most of the city's traffic lights and Walk/Don't Walk signs run on a computer network. At a time in history, all of the Push Buttons were active and genuinely helpful to the pedestrian desiring to keep her pace and appointments. As computers took over many parts of the city's functions, the Push Buttons have become powerless. Sure, many still go through the motions of pushing the button because it makes them feel better. But any actual advantage from the exercise is a complete assumption.
I'm afraid this has become the experience of many in how they attend church. Perhaps at some point in their history, the church authentically impacted their life. But over time it's become a ritual that carries very little, if any, real power to further God's plan for their lives.
You can keep this from happening in your journey! Here are three vital steps to secure that God's Church meets the need and desire of your heart in pursuing His plans for your life:
- Learn about God's design, dimension, and destiny of the New Testament Church. Many who attend church don't receive its benefits only because they don't know of its divine design. Where God's church is healthy, you'll find an atmosphere as close to heaven's atmosphere that's available on the earth. Greatest of all? The promise of His presence!
- Love His Church as part of His family. It's impossible to love Jesus and not love His church. Think of it; you can't tear down His Body while desiring to bless and exalt His head. If you love the Head you'll love His Body!
- Be loyal to His church; not because His church is perfect. And certainly not because His Church saves you. Be loyal because the church is His design, His plan and His chosen place to pour out His power to impact our desperate world!
Refuse to let God's church, in your life, become a placebo. Don't let your church life become a practice that is void of power. With enthusiasm, I invite you and encourage you to attend a current course of study at San Diego Christian Worship Center, called FLUENThelp. It's all about the design and divine intention of God's church/family/kingdom, revealed in His Word. Engaging in such a study may help to keep His Church postured in your life, to help provide authentic access to God's plans, power, and presence for the journey ahead. We don't want to just go through the motions. We desire to know with clarity, conviction, and confidence that we're cooperating with Him in His great Kingdom!
The Church of Jesus Christ has been in the heart of the Father since before the worlds began! A place of His design and desire, the Church is a vital part of His Kingdom here in the earth. It’s a place where He can meet with His people, share His heart with them and shape them for His plans and purposes. As God’s people, we must learn how to cooperate with His Spirit in the Church, so that we can effectively cooperate with Him to impact our world. His Church is called to rise in strength and reveal His love and saving power. We’ll discover our place and how to maximize our potential in and through His Church.
“I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” ~ Matthew 16:18