Tuesday, April 7, 2015
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.—Romans 12:5
When someone loses a loved one, perhaps a grandparent, a parent, a spouse, or even a child, where does that person usually turn? Many people will turn to the church. Even if they aren’t a part of the church, they often will come to the church looking for help. And they find help and solace there.
Think of the ways that God has met your needs through the church over the years. When you needed direction in life, where did you find it? You found it at church. Maybe you were having problems with your kids, so you went to church, where the youth pastor intervened and helped you out.
And where did you find Christ? Chances are that you found the Lord in the church.
Maybe it was in the church where you discovered that you have musical ability. I am amazed at how many professional vocalists today have said they got their start by singing at church.
I met my wife at church. She was there with her two sisters, and I invited them all out for coffee afterward. The church is the best place to meet someone who loves the Lord.
Not only that, but the church is good for you physically. Scientific studies have shown that the blood pressure of people who attend church is lower than those who don’t.
These are not the reasons we should go to church, of course. We should go to church because it’s a place where we can draw closer to God. It’s a place where we can grow spiritually. It’s a place where we can give. And it’s a place where we can receive.
I know the church has its flaws. I know it has its shortcomings. But there is nothing out there like the church. It stands apart.
Radio Program: “Let’s Talk about Heaven — II”
TV Program: “Why God Chose You”
Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 1-2, Psalm 66, 2 Corinthians 7
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Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.