You are called to belong, not just believe.
In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." -- Romans 12:5
This chapter made some great points about getting along with the body of believers. Here are some that jumped out at me:
We must love the church and the people in it.
When we complain about the church, we are using it and not loving it.
Jesus called us to love the church.
Today's culture of independent individualism has created many spiritual orphans - "bunny believers" who hop from church to church without identity, accountability or commitment.
The problem is, there is no perfect church or perfect believer, for that matter. Our search will be an incredible waste of time.
It may seem easier to be holy when not one else is around to frustrate your preferences, but that is a false, untested holiness . Isolation breeds deceitfulness. It's easy to fool ourselve into thinking we are mature if there is no one to challenge us. Real maturity shows up in relatiionships.
God wants you to love real people, not ideal people. You are called to love imperfect sinners just like God does.
Thought to ponder:
Does my level of involvement in my local church demonstrate that I love and am committed to God's family?