Doug Bursch tweeted this thought on church:
In reading it I found myself thinking that we can’t help being the church, and I wrote this doggerel:
What to do with Jesus’ love
Jesus’ love is given to you and you can give that same love to others.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35.)
This is not beyond you, but is within you just as the Spirit of Christ is now in you. You are equipped to give his love to his people – and the world – because he has given his love to you.
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. … We love because he first loved us.
(1 John 4:15-16, 19.)
He brought you to himself and into the fellowship of his people; don’t take it lightly. Rather, take it as an encouragement to live in his love and in turn encourage others:
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25.)
And that is why I wrote:
If you belong to Jesus, you belong to the church.
Though you might try hard not to, you do.
The One who said “Come” also said “Love
each other as I have loved you.”
Jesus, his church, and you – an opportunity to love and encourage. What you do with that opportunity is entirely up to you.
[Addendum – I know there are people who have been hurt by local churches. I am not only aware but also saddened and maddened by this. There is much brokenness in some churches and in the lives of people hurt by them. When I hear instances of this I hope my first response is to pray for and encourage the person who has been hurt, and for repentance and correction in the church.]