“You are like a building that was built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Christ Jesus himself is the most important stone in that building, and that whole building is joined together in Christ. He makes it grow and become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Christ you, too, are being built together with the Jews into a place where God lives through the Spirit.” - Ephesians 2:20-22
As citizens of heaven, we are adopted into a divine family with Christ. And being a part of Christ’s family means it is important for us to be part of a church. We are required by God to be part of His church to help the church run more effectively. God assigns each member a certain task for it to run like He did with the human body. “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ The body cannot work properly without each of its members (1 Corinthians 12:12-21).”
Having a special work assigned to us by God means we cannot forget who is really in charge of the church. Jesus is the cornerstone and foundation of the church (1 Corinthians 3:11). He is the main reason for it to function the right way. That is why the apostles and the prophets were also made part of the foundation of the church. The church’s principles were built on what they taught about Jesus. When the message of Jesus is being preached, God uses it to save people who have not heard about Him.
Our place in the church is necessary. Therefore, we should not stop meeting together as some do, especially since the day of Jesus’ return is near (Hebrews 10:25). As part of His body the church, it is a place we can go to for collective worship and service and to find strength, comfort, and joy. It is also a place to look to other Christians for encouragement in times of persecution that we may have to endure for our faith.
Prayer of the day:
Dear heavenly Father,
You are the creator of everything and that even goes for the church. The church is a place where You made Jesus as the foundation and cornerstone of it. You want us to be part of the church as a place that we go for worship and to stay in community with others. It is important because we need each other. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!