There were times I was blessed to be involved and be part of a body of Christ and then there was a season I was off on my own only because I hadn’t found a church to call my home. I remember justifying for a while that I didn’t need a church to have church or telling myself that God is in my heart and that is church enough! Granted there isn’t a commandment telling us to go to church, but if we think we are not in need of being part a church family we are sadly not fulfilling what was spoken in 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ….those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” That is an amazing passage if you read it in its entirety and grasp what it is saying. In a nutshell, it is saying we are all one in Christ, but He has given us gifts and talents to use within this body. No one is better than the other and when one suffers, we all suffer, and when one rejoices, we all should rejoice for we all function as one unit.
“Well, I really just don’t have time to go to church, besides I am really fine on my own…church is for people who need to be around other people to keep themselves accountable and holy….I’m good and don’t really need fellowship” you say? That is fine if you believe that lie, but in Ephesians 2:19-22 Paul sees it a little differently when he says “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Not allowing yourself to be joined together with a church family you are missing out on what God wants for His followers. When we join together with other believers, we become not just a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit to manifest itself in our prayers, but we become a mighty force to be reckoned with in the spiritual realm. It says in Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
Now, I am not here to guilt you into going to church by no means, but to lovingly point out what you are missing on not being joined together with a body of Christ. You were not made into a new creation to be left out in the wilderness alone, but to be joined together with fellow believers to do the will of God within your own life and your community. “Well, if I start attending church that means I have to start tithing and I already got burned with one church who misused my money!” If that is your attitude you have other issues that need addressing first and getting involved in a church is the first step of overcoming that hurt. All you are is allowing the enemy to use that hurt to prevent you from becoming what God intended for you!
I encourage you to put away the excuses of why you don’t attend church regularly and start praying on where God would have you be joined together with other believers. I promise you if you wholeheartedly start asking Him that He will be faithful and lead you to where you will fit like a perfect piece of a puzzle. Don’t continue being that missing piece, for you will never know the gifts that are inside of you that may be just waiting to be used in a body of Christ!