“4 In the human body there are many parts and organs, each with a unique function. 5 And so it is in the body of Christ. For though we are many, we’ve all been mingled into one body in Christ. This means that we are all vitally joined to one another, with each contributing to the others.“(Romans 12:4-5 TPT)
Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer.(Hebrews 10:25 GNB)
I saw two things this last week that made me appreciate having a church of people to go hang out with today. The first thing was a statistic: 25% of all people 18-24 years old have seriously thought of suicide in the last month or so. Wow! We have lots of work to do. In this viral season, isolation is not a normal thing for human beings. We crave interaction, touch, camaraderie. How much more the Church which is composed of people who have been supernaturally joined together and gifted to contribute to each other’s lives. The gathering of the saints is important for your mental health!
The second thing was part of a two-part miracle. Courts in California upheld both of the first two Amendments in the Bill of Rights. (That’s right, I said California!) They overturned an ammunition ban on gun-owners (2nd Amendment) and ruled that churches in LA could meet unfettered (1st Amendment). Thank God we live in a country that protects our right to gather and worship. We take it so much for granted, but it is not the norm in most of the world. Our founding documents maintain that our rights are God–given and that the government is organized for the purpose of securing those rights. Yes! So, does gathering with the saints come under the “Use it or lose it” clause of life’s little truths? Let’s not find out. Use it!!!