Importance of the serving in the Local Church

One of the few things that the Lord has been impressing upon my heart recently has been a passion for the expression of His body through the local church. This is not something new entirely, it’s something I have always sensed as very important. If you read Stewarding the Love of God, the last chapter ends with a call for doing church as a team.

But perhaps a fresh call is needed. It is important for those who have been called to God through His grace to understand that God is very passionate about the church and its expression through the local assembly. Those called to Him must of necessity appreciate that God’s attitude to the His church, which Paul calls the Bride of Christ.

In Ephesians 5: 1-2, the Bible says: Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

It is extremely important for the attitude of our hearts to conform to Christ’s attitude to his bride. He loves her and gave himself up in order to sanctify her (Ephesians 5:25). Jesus has placed a premium on the church, on the local assembly of believers. And Paul is not shy to call on us to step up and follow Christ’s example. But if we really appreciate how Christ loves the church, we do not even need to be reminded. If we stare directly in Christ’s eyes without any preconceived notions, our course of actions will be clear: we have to serve in the local body with the same passion that Christ has. We have to avail ourselves to be the vessels through which Christ could express his passion for the local assembly of believers.
And we have to serve with exactly the same humility as Christ does. We cannot be puffed up and conceited.
So can you tell me how you are serving in the local assembly of believers? Take a stand and choose to let Christ’s attitude towards his bride make a difference in the way you serve today.

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