What I Love About the Church of Christ

September 7, 2010

You know those people who would do anything in the world for you?

The ones who:

-would be there in the middle of the night.

-pray with you and for you.

-are faithful in the midst of great tragedy or disappointment.

-encourage you to never give up, never give in, and never back down.

-are eager to spend eternity in Heaven with you.

We had a name for them when I was growing up. They were called Church People and it was never a derogatory label. Being the preacher’s kid and grandkid had many advantages. One was that almost every Sunday, I got to spend the afternoon with another family within the congregation. Some of my fondest childhood memories are at the homes of these amazing church people.

There are names and faces etched in my mind that will never be forgotten. Small deeds or grand jesters have made me the person I am today. Little churches, huge congregations, and even those I’ve only met through the Internet have made their mark on my soul and I’m thankful for them and their influence on my life.

What do I love about the church? I love the people. I love those who aren’t afraid to shout from the rooftops that Jesus is Lord. I love those who are meek and quiet and with a gentle touch or understanding nod encourage me to press on. I love those who know that God’s people can have fun and a good time without resorting to worldly things.

I love those who strive for peace and unity and would never do anything to cause division or strife. I love those who work a 50+ hour schedule then humbly smile when a church member teases them about a preacher’s two day work week.

I love those who shepherd the flock, feed the hungry, visit the sick, volunteer at camp, go on mission trips, pinch pennies to send their kids to Christian colleges, give devotionals to the teens, and stay up all night at lock-ins. I love those that vacuum the auditorium, dust the classrooms, and straighten the song books.

I love those that send cards, type up the bulletin, assemble the Lord’s Supper, drive the bus, and those that, even though their bodies are weak and frail, would never miss a chance to worship with the saints.

I love those who know that Christianity is so much more than just warming a pew a couple of times a week.

I love that we have a common bond and no matter where I travel or where this life leads me, there are church people everywhere who, regardless of what troubles they face, don’t give up or give in to worldly problems or heartaches.

I love the people because in their eyes and actions, I can see Jesus.

Aren’t you glad that Heaven will be full of church people? I am and I’m looking forward to that great reunion. There are so many precious souls that I’m eager to see again.

What do you love about the church? If it’s someone who’s made an impression on your life, then let them know. Write them a card, send an e-mail, or pick up the phone. It only takes a minute to offer encouragement that will last an eternity.

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6 Comments Add your own

  •    Terry  |  September 7th, 2010 at 4:23 am     Reply

    That was one of the most encouraging things I’ve ever read about loving the church. It encourages me to be even more committed to Christ and the church.

  •    Paula Harrington  |  September 7th, 2010 at 11:59 am     Reply

    Thanks Terry.

  •    The Kasarjian Klan  |  September 7th, 2010 at 7:51 pm     Reply

    Very good work! Thank you!

  •    Paula Harrington  |  September 8th, 2010 at 11:41 am     Reply

    Thanks, Keith.

  •    David Kirk  |  October 7th, 2010 at 12:25 am     Reply

    Thanks!

  •    Paula Harrington  |  December 26th, 2010 at 7:38 pm     Reply

    Thanks, David.

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