Summary: Are there people missing from your church? Did they stop going? Where are they now? Why did they leave? How can we get them to come back to be a part of the family of God? Start by loving them just as they are. We are better together.
The Sum of our parts
Did you know that people live longer together than they do living apart? And married people live longer than people who just live together.
“Marriage brings in positive social behavior. Choosing to share your life with someone forever brings about tolerance, acceptance and security.” “People who have never married may never ‘grow up’, resulting in a more immature and turbulent lifestyle and a shortened lifespan.” Source: DR. ANTWALA ROBINSON – GRADUATE ALABAMA UNIVERSITY AUTHOR OF TOTAL WELL BEING.
And married men live longer than single men. Now long life is not always tied to a happy life men you have to make that part work as well. Happy wife, happy life is what I have been told. In this case it would seem that science backs this up. God in His wisdom created us to be together. “It was not good for man to be alone” Genesis 2:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
God fashioned for man a partner that was bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh the Bible tells us.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
God decided we should not be alone. Not that everyone has to be married but we function better together than we do apart. God gave us families as the first community. These families are the building block of society. They became, clans, and tribes, and nations until the whole world was covered with communities. For many thousands of years we did not do so well. We fought with each other we wared with each other and it seemed this human community was one that would self-destruct if left to itself.
This is where God stepped in personally by sending His Son - Jesus to re-make our communities along God’s intended design. This new community would be built upon God’s love, His eternal power and glory. It would be a community of believers. People from every tribe and tongue who looked to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. It would be a community of sinners turned Saints through the repentance of their sins and the regeneration of their minds, bodies and souls through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It would be called a Church. Ecclesia the called out ones. Jesus would call out to men, women and children by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit of God. This Holy Spirit which once lived behind the vale in the Temple would now live in the soul of the believer. This Holy Spirit would cause the sinner to change from the inside out. A new heart, a new mind and a new spirit would be evident in each believer.
This new spirit would be the magnet that would draw them together into a new family – the family of God. Jews and Gentiles, men and women, boys and girls would become God’s chosen filled with the love of Christ. This love would move in them and motivate them to love as Jesus loved. Reaching out to the sinner, the despised, the destitute, the broken, the sick, the poor, the hungry, and the lost. This new community was now alive with the Spirit of Christ and would forever change the world. Their love was so infectious some thought it a disease.
Everyone here today is a part of that community if you know Jesus as your Savior.
Now to the scriptures:
2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Some of you may be asking at this point “where is this church that I might be a part of it?” It is you and you are it but you may have forgotten how it is to function. It runs on love. Not programs, not committees, not boards, not by the will of men but on love. Not just any kind of love but on the love of God. Look with me to: