God adds to the church those He is saving. We come from many places and circumstances; different ages, backgrounds and conditions. We’re all sick and wounded, and we’re all in need of healing. Some of us have been seriously neglected, while others have had the advantage of being cared for most of our lives. This big household takes in all of God’s adopted children and calls us to the family Table to commune with the Father and with one another. Each one of us is loved by God and serves an important purpose in His family.
Moreover, we, “through love serve one another” (Gal. 5:13). In fact, the church has the specific objective of “equipping the saints for service” (Eph 4:12). As members of the church, we’re called by our Father to minister to one another; especially when there is any kind of trial, problem, trouble, or sin. The Apostle Paul continues to describe this work of the Body of Christ as: “…joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (Eph. 4:16).
Our household affection for one another—our communion—is evident in the good times, but it should be doubly evident when trials or sins present themselves in our midst. We might be tempted to run from the church in such times due to fear, embarrassment, sorrow, etc. Those are the times when we should look to the church and the church must draw closer, surrounding our brothers and sisters with the love of Christ. “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself” (Gal. 6:1-3).
Our Father thinks we need one another; that’s why He put us in the Body of Christ. The church is our home; the place where we are nurtured, protected and strengthened. It’s here where we “grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ” (Eph. 4:15). Let us look around the house and see what needs to be done. How can we help? “Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed” (Heb. 12:12-13).