Committing to Your Local Church
“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” – Acts 4:32
“The converts to the gospel were ‘of one heart and of one soul.’ One common interest controlled them—the success of the mission entrusted to them; and covetousness had no place in their lives. Their love for their brethren and the cause they had espoused, was greater than their love of money and possessions. Their works testified that they accounted the souls of men of higher value than earthly wealth. Thus it will ever be when the Spirit of God takes possession of the life.”
– Acts of the Apostles, 70
There are times when we might get frustrated with our local church or even the global church. Yet, we know that the church is Christ’s bride. If Jesus is so committed to His church, shouldn’t we be committed to her as well? The early Christians were filled with the Spirit and willing to sacrifice all for God’s church and mission. Why not ask God today to forgive you any sinful attitude you might have against His bride, and ask Him to baptize you with His Spirit, empowering you to seek unity, and to live sacrificially in order to support and bless your local church community.