Imagine that you are an eye. No matter how beautiful your shape is or how mesmerizing your color is, if you are not connected to the body, alone perhaps on the floor, you will look creepy. You will be of no use and eventually die a natural death.
This goes the same to a Christian. No matter how seemingly strong a faith of a Christian is, if he is not connected to the body, which is the church, alone perhaps on his own, he will look isolated. He will be of no use and eventually dry up (or worse, die) spiritually.
Jesus replied, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Many Christians today are like Martha. They know what to do to please God (e.g., make an effort to show up for fellowship, serve others, rush to share the gospel to people, sing songs of praise and worship, etc.). But they neglect what truly matters above all the doing – that is, being with Jesus Himself.
Imagine a man who just paid all his credit card debts. If you ask him, “How do you know for sure that your bills have been paid and that you have no remaining debts anymore?” He won’t respond to you with a “Because I feel so.” or “Because I think so.” Instead, he will take out the receipt and show it to you saying, “Here is the proof.”
The payment made, as stated in the official receipt, assures the man that his bills and debts have been paid.
Why do pigs go back to the mud? It is because they are pigs. That is what pigs do. We can wash pigs and get them cleaned, and then ensure they stay in their pens. But pigs will deliberately run after the dirt and the mud. Pigs enjoy the mud because again they are pigs.
Christians are not pigs. God made every professing believers of Jesus a new creation — holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation (Colossians 1:22).
This is also not a religious blog series that will convince you to convert to philosophies that teach righteousness by works or good morals. Can I Call Myself A Christian? shares the marks of a true believer of Jesus, and how it is aligned to a genuine and personal relationship with God.
I hope that the five short articles of this series will also encourage you in Christ.