The desire of every Christian should be to help and assist other Believers to achieve their spiritual potential. Self-centeredness brings separation from other disciples. Spiritual growth develops through an assisted effort to establish maturity in the lives of others. The biggest concern that I have had for the Church during these times of censored restraints has not been the lack of hearing the Word of God, but rather, the physical separation of the Body of Christ. The Church is made up of many parts that form the “bride of Christ.” Each Believer plays an important part in exhibiting the Kingdom of God. Christians are endowed with many talents and resources. The human body is made up of many parts that function in harmony forming a living being. The Church is made up of people that exhibit different talents and gifts which, when placed together, will function as a living example of Jesus. (I Corinthians 12:14-26)
During these times of physical separation, it is imperative that the Body of Christ continues to function as God intended. It is wonderful that Believers can hear the Word through modern technology and limited congregational gatherings, but we must never forget about the other Believers who are trying to function outside of the physical parameters. Christians are “community” orientated and need social contacts to share their talents to keep the Church alive and functioning. In this day and age of social media, we need to continue to interrelate with each other. When is the last time we interfaced with a member of our “church family?” I am not just talking about our inner circle of friends, but those who have worshipped with us in the same environment. The Word is not hindered, but sadly our interrelationship with other Believers is severely challenged. We reach up to our Lord for strength and assurance during these difficult times, but we also need to reach out to one another with strength and assurance. If we do not have social media, lift the phone and call out. If you don’t have a phone, lift up the pen/pencil and write encouragement. One thing we all can do is pray for one another. I am sure a high percentage of our prayers are for our personal needs during these critical times, but let us try to level the scales and pray for the other parts of our “Body.”
This is not the time to hope for the “rapture” but a “rapturous” time to get the Body of Christ fine-tuned for the exciting days ahead. I believe that the Church will not only reach the other side of the crisis but will be stronger than ever before. The Church is alive and well and don’t let anyone tell us differently.