In my world, September through December marks the most wonderful time of the year. The beginning of September means the return of football. October brings with it fall and the holiday season. November begins “Thanksgiving” season with the day following marking “Christmas” season, though, I no longer wait for Christmas season to begin listening to holiday music. Those beloved songs come out October 1 now. There just isn’t enough time between Thanksgiving and Christmas to get my fill of festive movies and songs!
While Stuart does not share my passion for the holiday season he is gracious enough to find Christmas activities I like (which really, if Christmas is involved I love it!). We enjoyed attending the Amarillo Children’s Choir “Songs of the Season” concert. I kept thinking that in my next life I will be able to sing. There were several solos but for the majority of the concert the children sang together. Each one had specific notes to follow: some sang the same notes and others were different. Each person singing their role, playing their part resulted in beautiful harmony.
They were better together than they were individually.
Isn’t that how so many things in life are? God made the church, and we are better together. 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 describes this: Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ…Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says it this way, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
I have heard people say that they like God but they don’t like the church. Granted, people in the church can be a mess. Well, duh! It is full of sinful people! Why in the world would we need Christ if we were perfect? “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen” (1 John 4:20). It is impossible to say you believe in God or even love God, yet have no connection to the church, the body of Christ.
As brothers and sisters in Christ we need each other. Claiming to be a Christian yet not being apart of the body of Christ is not really an option. God did not put on this earth and say, “Good luck. I’ll see you on the other side.” No! Not only did He give us His Spirit, He gave us brothers and sisters to connect with, ones we can rejoice with during victories and cry with during hard times. We carry each other’s burdens which makes everyone’s load a bit lighter.
This post is not for the purpose of bashing people for not going to church. Please hear my heart in this: we need each other. We are better together than we are apart. Just like the children’s choir, we each have a God-given role to play, and if you are not involved people are missing out! I know what a difference the body of Christ has made in my own life. I have witnessed it just in my immediate family. Kelli and I always joke about how many friends our parents have (No really, they have more than we do combined). These countless relationships are the result of years of investment, years of playing their roles in the body, and we have seen the purpose of it time and time and time again. Connecting with people is not always easy. In fact, sometimes it can seem almost impossible. But we are better together. Don’t just go to church; be apart of the church. People need you and your gifts. Don’t let Satan tell you otherwise. We are better together.