Just as there are no perfect people, there is no perfect church. However, that does not allow us to give up on church altogether, shrugging it off like an old sweater that doesn’t fit or has gone out of style.
If we stick with the sweater analogy, many people view the church as similar to the sweater your grandma knit you as a child. Grandma’s sweater may not have been in fashion or fit just right, but it was hand-designed to be a gift that showed just how loved you were.
The same can be said for the local church. God hand-designed the church to be a coming together of the body of believers for the purpose of gifting his children with opportunities for fellowship, teaching, service, communion, and worship while spreading the good news of the gospel to the world. Friend, that’s a wonderful gift from a very loving Father.
We know that as believers, we are the Church. Church isn’t a place. It is the whole of the body of believers united around the common belief that Jesus is the resurrected Son of God.
Did your mama ever sit down, knee-to-knee with you, firmly looking you in the eyes as she reminded you of all the love and care that Grandma put into that sweater? The reminder shifted your perspective just enough that you felt grateful for the sweater and for the gift Grandma gave you, even if it wasn’t perfect.
It is time to have that kind of perspective shift about the local church.
The challenge is this: Commit to regularly attending a local church this year.
Would you be willing to step outside of your comfort zone and step into church on a regular basis for a year? It’s January, after all. This is the season for committing to new habits, and I’d like to extend a challenge to you.
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