Don’t Check Out

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“I’m not doing church because it has too many hypocrites there!”

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.  Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.  This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13

It is late Summer and I am in the middle of a series called “Equipped.”  The premise comes from when Paul is describing the purposes of  ministers and believers.  The verse specifically tells ministers to equip Christians to do the work of the ministry and build up the church.  I have many friends who have “checked out” of the church.  They use phrases like, “I’ve done that church thing,” or “I’m not doing church because it is full of hypocrites.”

I’ve heard those comments for twenty years now.  What they are really saying is that their flesh wants to do something else.  I am not saying that churches are perfect, or the people all act like they should, but most churches are sincere and are trying to practice the principles of the Bible.  The very next statement Paul made after giving us these instructions was that this process of equipping was going to continue until Jesus comes back.

I guarantee you that our enemy, the devil, will provide you with all the reasons why you should disconnect.  They will all seem perfectly logical to your mind and flesh.  They will be easier than keeping your hand to the plow as Jesus said. I compare this process with working out at the gym.  Going  just a time or two doesn’t profit you if you stop.  Plus, going to the gym doens’t benefit the gym, it benefits the person going.  If you stop going to the gym it doesn’t hurt the gym.  The gym may go out of business, but it’s just a business, your body is the thing that loses.

Let’s keep up the good fight of faith and stay connected to what God is doing.

Check out the verses used in this blog:  Luke 9:62, 1 Timothy 6:12, 2 Timothy 4:7