Had a great discussion with a young Christian this morning about the body of Christ. We were reading in 1 Corinthians 12 and I was explaining that every Christian is a necessary part of the body of Christ. We're connected. That means two really important things (at least!):
1. We need the other Christians. It's become almost cliche to say "I don't have to go to church to be a Christian." That overused statement is missing the point completely. When you become a Christian, you are the church. You need other Christians because God designed it to be that way. 1 Cor 12 says you need them when you are happy and you need them when you are sad. The church is the other people of faith that you do life with. Sometimes in the church building, and often times out.
2. The other side of that is that other Christians need you! God has made you part of the body...and every body part has a function. What's your function? What do you contribute? What do you do? I know God hasn't created you to sit in the bleachers and watch the team play...you are on the team. You have a job, and other Christians are counting on you.
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Nehemiah 10-11