‘Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.’ Ephesians 5:25 NKJV
The church isn’t made up of people who are better than everybody else. It’s made up of people who want to be better than they are, and who know that, by the grace of God, they can be. Have church leaders sometimes failed us? Yes, but Jesus Christ, the Head of the church, hasn’t failed us – and He never will! Christ’s church, of which your local church is a part, was planned by God before the world began (Ephesians 1:4). It was paid for in the crimson cash of Jesus’ blood, has been sustained through history by the sacrifice of the martyrs, is prophesied to be more glorious in its ending than its beginning, and is being prepared right now as a bride for her Husband. John the Revelator describes it this way: ‘Rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.’ (Revelation 19:7 NKJV) So before you attack the leadership, withdraw your membership or withhold your stewardship, remember that nothing on earth is dearer to the heart of God than His church. The truth is, when you hurt any part of the body you also hurt the Head. And here’s something else to keep in mind: the only thing on earth that has a future is the church; all the rest is going up in smoke. And the church’s insurance policy is guaranteed by Jesus Himself, Who said, ‘I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.’ (Matthew 16:18 NKJV) So love your church – Jesus does!
SoulFood: 1 Chron 10:1-12:22; Luke 12:22-34; Ps 119:25-32; Pro 20:25-27
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2014