Sunday, 26 July 2009
I don't beeeelieve it!!! (said in my best Victor Meldrew voice!) My tooth - you know the one that I broke and had terrible trouble with - has now crumbled even further! The temporary filling has given way and the pain is back with a vengeance! So instead of being at my lovely church, I slept the sleep of the dead due to the painkillers I had to take. Thankfully John the dentist is on hand and can fix me sometime soon.
I HATE missing church! Can't wait until David fills me in on all that happened. C.S. Lewis wrote, "Christ works on us in all sorts of ways, but above all, He works on us through each other." We need each other in the body of Christ for our walk. It's in the context of the church that our lives are supposed to be getting prepared for heaven, prepared for eternity. So as I think about the church, I'm thinking about the fact that we cannot function alone without the body of Christ. You are not complete without the other members. You need the spiritual gifts that God has given to others that you don't have. You need the Spiritual nourishment and encouragement and accountability and counsel and insight and practical help and comfort in your life that the rest of the members of the body can supply.
Dwight L. Moody was visiting with a prominent Chicago citizen one cold winter night when the subject of church membership and involvement came up. This man said to Moody, "I think I can be just as good of a Christian outside the church as I can be inside it." The story is told that without saying anything, Moody walked over to the fireplace, and he removed one burning piece of wood and just placed it on the hearth all by itself. Then the two men sat together and watched as the fire went out on that piece of wood; the embers died out.
The fact is you cannot survive. You cannot keep a hot heart and a fervent passion all by yourself.
I need you and you need me X