My buddy, Micah wrote a fabulous post on the centrality of the Church to the Christian life. It echoes much of what I’ve been thinking about this weekend. He’s given me permission to repost it, so here it is:
The Church is a living organism, the body of Christ, that can not be snuffed out. It is breathing, full of people who have issues. People with pain, scars and dysfunction-galore. But it is still the beautiful and holy body of Christ. One of our biggest issues is being the Church in the peripheral and letting everything else be our focus. The Way, the Christian path, the Church wasn’t mean to be a part-time-when-it’s-convenient-gig. It was meant to be a life-gig. It was meant for every follower of Christ to live in and it and be the Church all the time.
I’m not just talking about meeting together on Sundays and in homes for community groups. I’m talking a whole life-style. But we tend to live the Church life in the peripheral. Not even prioritizing the most basic of Christian practices, the Sunday morning gathering of the body of Christ. How can a part of the body of Christ function without communicating with the rest of the body? How can an arm be any good without the hand? How can a foot make any difference without a hip?
Let’s get basic. Let’s begin to prioritize the body and the mission of building the Kingdom of God by Investing in our non-Christian friends and family and Inviting them to join the gathering of the body of Christ.