Tuesday, February 21, 2017

An Open Letter to The Church

Dear Church,
     You are beautiful. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, you are the bride, washed in the blood, pure and spotless. You are loved, adored, protected and cherished. You are doing great things. People need connected, they need family and support and you are those things. You are a light on a hill, a city and house of refuge for many. You help, support and encourage and most importantly, you lead people to the Cross. People need Jesus, you are the one that Jesus left on earth to tell the Gospel. You are so valuable.
     You need to see yourself for who you are. You are not a building, you are not a room with nice chairs and cool lighting and a nice sound system. If those things go away, you are still who you are. You are a body, a singular entity made up of distinct parts. Value your parts, don't elevate the mouth and the hands and ignore the internal workings like they are of lesser value. Cherish your entire being, take care of it and honor it, just like Paul commands. Don't let parts of the body fall away and disappear, care for the body, go after the body.
     You are a living being, the body of Christ and you need to grow. I'm not talking size, I'm talking in wisdom and virtue. You are the incarnational representation of Jesus Christ on the earth today. Walk like Jesus would walk, talk about the things Jesus would talk about. Serve those Jesus would serve in a way that Jesus would serve them. Pray like Jesus, love like Jesus. Stop wounding yourself and stop diminishing yourself. You are the body, you are the bride. You are the church, and no weapon formed against you shall prosper, so go and make disciples. You are loved.

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