Nobody spectates and grows! In Acts 16:1-3, we see Paul taking Timothy to work with him. In Acts 6:1-6, we see people functioning in a local church as deacons. In Acts 9:18-30, we see that Paul who became an apostle had a local church where he started from. Even if God will make you the greatest apostle in the next ten years, you must start from a local church. When they threatened Peter and John in Acts 4, the Bible says they went to their own company.
You must have your own company, a group of people you identify with and who identifies with you, that you are a part of and they are part of you. They stand for you and with you; you stand for them and with them. Don’t just attend church and enjoy the teaching. Some people say they don’t want to be part of any other church. What they are saying is that they don’t want to be a member of the body of Christ.
It will be wrong to get to another town and refuse to settle down to function in a church just because there is no branch of your church there or because the pastors there does not teach or preach like your pastor. God expects every Christian to be pastored at every point in his life. If a man attends 52 churches in 52 weeks of the year, he will not grow. He will hear 52 different interpretations of the scriptures. Everyone should be able to identify the church where he is a part, a partner and a participant.
PRAYER: Lord, let the flow that comes through being part of the local church begin to feed my calling fulfilment in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: 1 Kings 14:1-15:24, Acts 10:1-23, Psalm 133:1-3, Proverbs 17:7-8