Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” Psalm 100:3
“For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” Romans 12:4-5
“Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” 1 Cor. 12:27
“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.” 1 Cor. 12:12
One of the most dangerous not to mention selfish things a Christ follower can do is to distance himself or herself from the body of Christ which is the worldwide congregation of those who have repented and believe in Christ as Lord and received God’s forgiveness and the promise of everlasting life.
Why is it dangerous? A pastor once told me a sheep on the far outskirts of the flock is at the highest risk because the wolf is most likely to go after the one on his own which is the one most vulnerable to danger and destruction. Christ’s followers need the love, support, help, encouragement, teaching, fellowship, friendship, generosity, sharing, compassion, comfort, warnings, etc. from fellow followers. We need to be in the midst of Christ’s flock. Well connected to His Body.
Why is it selfish? Because just as we need to receive from Christ’s body, we also need to give to Christ’s body. And not only do we need to give to Christ’s body, but we also need to work alongside Christ’s body to help people who don’t yet believe in Christ as Lord to hear the Gospel message and to see Christ’s love and light shining through us.
Being part of Christ’s body is not just about assembling with His followers at church, in a Bible study, at a house church, in a small group, etc. to worship the Lord and learn about Him. We are to join with His body as often as He desires wherever He desires however He desires with whomever He desires to love, serve, and worship Him, to enjoy His presence in our midst, to bring glory to His name, and to love one another as He commands us.
If you have distanced yourself from Christ’s Body, or have never truly been a part of it, please make the change. Don’t stand far away from the flock. Be in the midst of His flock. As a healthy part of Christ’s body. For the glory of the Lord, for the love of others, and for your own good. Blessed is God’s sheep who is devotedly and firmly planted in the midst of God’s beloved flock!