This world is all about identity.
“Don’t put a label on me, but if you refer to me incorrectly, I’ll be upset.”
Everyone wants to be there own person – unique in their own way.
And while I think we should never try to conform to be someone else, God does not call us to be a singular person!
He calls us “the flock”. We are a peculiar “people”.
Yes, each of us is seen individually in His eyes, but if we go out on our own, we do not have the protection of the united front with all His children!
“For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body.” 1 Corinthians 12:14-20 (KJV)
You are a leg, and I am an arm. Without each other, we are not going to get very far.
The church is such an important part of our Christian walk. It is about the fellowship that we gain, the support system that comes with it, and the cheerleaders rooting for us. These all allow us to walk confidently among those of the world.
The church helps us to grow, when we learn from the preacher who is lead by the Holy Spirit. It helps lift us up when surrounded by prayer warriors, and it helps keep us connected to His people by allowing us to pray for others!
At my church, our covenant ends by saying that when we feel led to find a new church that we will seek a new church as soon as possible to be able to carry out “the principles of God’s word.”
This is such an important point to remember, because sitting out on one church service can seem simple. With your second missed service, you feel guilt, but you have that excuse ready. By the third and fourth, you do not feel AS bad. It is a slippery slope.
If we stick with God’s teachings and choose to be in His presence and with His people, we grow, and it becomes easier to hear His calling for our life.
So, where are you finding your identity? Is it in your style? Is it in your job? Your label of mom/dad?
What if you seek to find your identity within the church? Within the community God has placed around us to keep us strong?
God gives us a community so that they can lift us up to find our personal calling in His kingdom. The world around us only wants to drag us further and further away from Him.
This “Me” focused world is not, and cannot be, a “God” focused world!
Be the peculiar people. Stand out from the world and stand strong with the Kingdom!