In my view, one of the primary goals of the local church is to join God and help meet the needs of the broken world. Not just locally, but globally as well. We are Christ’s representatives on this planet, to help bring the kingdom of heaven to earth. I have been hearing this for some time and I just had this thought:
our world is broken to an extent that Christians are broken and are not fully functioning Christ-followers.
Sometimes we can spend so much time thinking about the ills of the world that we look right past the ills of the church and the people that make up that church. In the Bible, it says that “They will know we are Christians by our love.” Certainly, that includes loving each other inside the church as much as it is about loving those far from God. I’m not talking about loving ourselves to the point of being insulated from the outside world or just having an inward focus. I look around at the people I am with every day, and we have a pretty huge pile of junk that requires us to love each other; to live in honest community with each other; to speak the truth in love with each other.
For the body of Christ to function properly and to have the maximum impact on this broken world, we need to be whole. We can only be whole if we are willing to love each other; in spite of our weaknesses; in spite of our differences; in spite of conflict. All people, everywhere, have to deal with these issues. We are called to rise above them and to love each other. I want to be a part of a place where we love and support each other so much that we become an unstoppable force for changing the world, letting the love of Christ naturally flow out of us.
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 15:4-6