Do you remember your transition from elementary school to middle school? This was a big transition for me. I remember having more classrooms to travel to, greater freedom at lunch, and the ability to choose my elective classes. I remember how cool it was to be able to choose between woodshop, home economics, study hall and so many others. I distinctly remember me and my friend Edgar getting tossed into a cross-stitching class and being bummed out that we got our third choice for an elective. (Not sure why we even put cross-stitching for our third choice ☺) Edgar and I were prepared to change electives with our cross-stitching teacher, until we entered the classroom and found out that we were the only two boys in a classroom full of girls. So, we “labored” through the semester and even made some cool things to give our moms for Mother’s Day.
Why do I bring up this story on electives in middle school?
Because I believe in a culture that is run by so many choices and busyness, we treat the church and getting involved in body life as an elective rather than a command to be lovingly obeyed. Do we understand that our lives are not our own, we have been bought at a high price (1 Cor. 6:19-20). We have been called to die to self and follow Christ daily (Mark 8:34-35). And we have been called out of the world and been brought into Christ’s church. Church is a gathering of the “called out” ones. Now we live for the Lord and the glory of Christ. Church cannot be treated as another thing or an elective in our lives. Check out and read Hebrews 10:23-25.
Our relationship with Christ should be preeminent or first. And if you have been saved through Christ alone, then you have been called into Christ’s church and have been given spiritual gifts at the time of salvation to bless and build up His church so that God may be glorified and worshipped. Colossians 1:15-20 reminds us of the greatness of Christ and that Jesus actually is God Almighty. In verse 16 it says, “…all things were created through Him and for Him.” And at the end of verse 17 we are told that in everything Christ is to be preeminent. What does that word preeminent mean? It means that Christ must be first in all things. That Christ would be the priority in our everyday lives. At the beginning of verse 18 we are told that Christ is the head of the church and we know from other passages that we are the body of Christ. So how are you treating God’s church? Do you treat Sundays and other gatherings of Christ’s church as a choice, sort of like choosing an elective? How are you involved in the family life of church and using the gifts God has given you the moment you were saved to bless and build up His church?
In our world there are so many things we can be involved in. We can be involved in sports, and extra-curricular activities, and we can feel the pressure to keep our families busy.
We should never throw church into the mix as just another choice we can make in our everyday lives.
May we make church family, Sunday mornings, community groups and worship of our God corporately a priority and may we honor Christ and make Him preeminent in all things. I pray that you are blessed as you pursue the Lord this Summer and pursue His church and get involved out of a great love for our Savior and His people.
Love in Christ,