You and I are part of the body of Christ. God has placed us in the body just where he wanted us to be, and each of us is essential for the body to function as God intended it to. I need you and you need me. Without you, I am not whole and without me, you are not whole. God does not want us to be divided, but to be connected, with equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 1 Corinthians 12.
God designed the body of Christ – His family – to stay connected and thereby protected, from the enemy. If Satan can isolate you, he can influence you. Church is the last place Satan wants you to go because he knows there you will experience and receive what he has worked so hard to suck right out of you: encouragement, hope, healing, wisdom and joy.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
If you haven’t been to church in awhile, may I encourage you to go? Your church body has been limping along without you and they need you. Whether you have realized it yet or not, you need them, too.
Might you be hurt if you go to church? Yes. I am sorry for that. Any time we love and open ourselves up to others we risk being hurt. The church is full of broken people because we live in a broken world. In church you will find true believers, some careful and considerate, some like a bull in a china shop, some kind and compassionate, some full of themselves, but most who are just like you, trying to follow the example of Christ. Unfortunately, you will also find pretenders, bench warmers who are not following Jesus, have no intention of following Him, and who are just going through the motions. You will need to discern between the wheat and the tares. Matthew 13:24-30.
But I can tell you that the risk of being hurt by a few is far outweighed by the benefits of regularly meeting with the vast majority of other believers who, like you, want to love God with their whole heart and love their neighbor as themselves. In a Bible believing church, you will come into the presence of God and meet Jesus, the only one who will never hurt you, never leave you, never disappoint you and always love you. You will be built up, strengthened, and encouraged to live out your faith so that others will see Christ in you and know there is a God who loves them. Hope and healing begins when we are broken together.