St. Paul likened the church to a body, with Jesus Christ as the head. To be part of Christ’s body, you have to come to the head, who is Jesus. But then you naturally and necessarily become a part of the body. It’s impossible to be committed to the head but not the body. No groom commits himself only to the bride’s head but to her whole body. You are in love with a whole person. (Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:27)

1 Corinthians 12:12
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

Jesus is connected to His body, and His body is connected to Him. We express our connection to Him by being part of a local church where we partner together for the sake of missions, evangelism, and making disciples. Then we go on to the next stage of growth in the church and become a mentor, a disciple maker, and a teacher.

There is no safer place to be than to be a part of a local body of believers committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It’s safer than any safety deposit box or safe house.

Truth Illustrated – Plane Without Wings?

While in flight school years ago, I became good friends with my flight instructor, Bill, a wonderful man, then in his seventies. He was like my adopted dad away from home. One time I went back to Tulsa to see him. We went to Tony Roma’s for dinner, and as we were coming out I asked, “How are things going over at the church?” He was silent. His wife, Lois, put her hands on her hips and said, “You tell him, Bill.” Bill bowed his head and softly answered, “Dave, I quit going to church. They canceled the aviation ministry because the insurance was too high. I got upset and left. But don’t worry—I’m still committed to Christ.”

Now it was my turn to teach him. I came back with an answer, “Suppose we wanted to fly around for a while, so we went out to the airport, opened up the hangar and there was a beautiful plane engine. It was well-oiled, the shiniest, best plane engine that you’ve ever seen. It had the prettiest propeller on it, but no wings, no tail, no fuselage. How high do you think we would fly?”

He responded, “I think I get your point.”

Can You Be Committed to Christ but Not His Body?

You cannot simply be committed to Christ without being committed to His body, any more than you can commit to flying an airplane with just an engine and no wings, tail, or fuselage.

When we turn from sin and turn to Jesus Christ, we’re born into the Church of Jesus Christ. But now, we must also be committed to and identified with a local expression of Christ’s body.  Becoming rooted in a local church is a visible expression of our invisible identification with Christ.

No church is perfect. I learned that a long time ago. One of the reasons no church you attend will ever be perfect is because you’re in it! As long as the Church is on earth, you will never find a perfect one. But you need to find a church where Christ is exalted, the Holy Spirit has freedom, God’s Word is preached uncompromisingly, and you can get your roots down deep.

Make this year your year to fully commit to your local church, and watch the blessings begin to flow to… and from YOU!

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