Posted by: Derek Guyer | January 20, 2009

ROTH Challenge #10

I have found that most couples who fail have isolated themselves. From what? God’s people. I’m not talking about people who call themselves Christians. I’m talking about people who live like Christ.

People who live like Christ are a rare breed today. Sadly, we live in a world of tolerance. People who truly live like Christ are not welcome in this kind of environment. They’re looked down upon for being “extremists” and “Bible-beaters” by the lukewarm. Therefore, those who are searching rarely get a real glimpse of the true people of God. This has led to a serious level of laziness and complacency within the body of Christ.

We have a lot of people who go to church, but not a lot of people who understand they are the church. By God’s design, the people are the church, not the building. The church is not a spectator sport. Actually, the church is the body of Christ. The church is Christ’s hands and feet in a world where hurting and lost souls abound. We are the light of Christ in a dark, dark world.

Unfortunately, the light has grown dim as we’ve stopped allowing the church to be what God really intended it to be. Coming together as a body isn’t about sitting in pews and listening to someone tell us everything we should be doing. This mindset has allowed our fellowship as a body to become less personal and, therefore, less important. Coming together as the body of Christ is for worship, fellowship, encouragement, and sharing life. It’s not about a rule or law. It’s about staying alive in the midst of a fierce battle for our souls. 

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” 

Hebrews 10:25 NIV

“Going to church” is what should help keep you alive. It’s the fellowship of his people that reminds us who we are and why we’re doing it. If you aren’t connected to solid believers who live what they believe, know a failure is just around the corner. You weren’t intended to fight this battle on your own. You were given the church to help you fight through the fiercest of storms together. Therefore, don’t give up meeting together with real solid Christ followers. Make it  a habit to encourage and be encouraged.

Just imagine your marriage/home surrounded by people who live God’s way…the right way. What if you spent less time listening to your divorced co-workers telling you how to do or not do marriage and more time around the people of God who are living His way? Think about it and then do something about it.

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