By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“…so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
– Romans 12:5
The way I see the now-broken temples of yesteryear in the Holy Land today is that they are now only scattered, broken pieces everywhere. Is that what God sees when we, who make up the Christian Church, are divided? We’re meant to be a temple, whole and strong. Does God’s heart break when he sees that we argue over doctrine, music, buildings? We fight, bicker, and say, “I am a Christian, but I’ll have nothing to do with that group of people. I’m just going to follow Jesus. He’s my personal Lord and Savior and I want nothing to do with those other guys.”
There is something about that statement that is not Christian. I’m saying this with love and with passion: I think God wants us as stones united to form a building. He wants us, his people, to be living stones in his building, the Church.
So if you’re picking up on my subtext, I’m also talking about our recent move from the Crystal Cathedral. That building was built because people were united behind a cause and a vision.
We have a vision still. There are millions of people out there, in the houses surrounding Shepherd’s Grove and all over the world that have not ever heard that God loves them. They think God is an evil, angry man on a cloud. There are people who are suffering loss, death, pain, and illness. All they need to know is that God is on their side. They need to hear the gospel. That’s what we’re all here to do.
Prayer: Dear Lord, when people let me down or I experience a loss that breaks my heart, help me not to withdraw from others but help me to become united with others for the cause of Christ. Amen.
Reflection: Describe a time when disappointment has caused you to withdraw from others. How have you resolved your negative feelings to become a part of God’s vision for your life and relationships?