I have been thinking lately about what our individual roles are in the Church. Are we working? I seem to have tunnel vision toward this subject of doing Kingdom works and just regular works that come with being involved in church. What is the need and how do we fulfill it? As I’ve been thinking about ways to get members involved, I’ve started to ask myself, “How can it be made simple?” I mean, what is the most basic way to get brothers and sisters involved in the church? After some studying, I have realized it is a very simple answer that is very hard to do.
John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
The answer is to love one another. To love each other is the foundation on which our relationships are built. It’s easy to work when you love the person you are working with. When we have no love for each other, we cannot properly function. When we have no love, we put up walls that Christ never intended to be in His Church. When we have no love, we don’t worship the way God wants us to worship. If we have no love for the assembly, our children will have no love for the assembly.
So, what keeps us from loving each other? Lack of patience? Pride? Gossip? A generally negative outlook? What ever our personal issues are, we, as members of the Body of Christ, must love each other or we cannot begin to work together. Remember, Jesus said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”