Keep Priorities Straight

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (26) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,” Ephesians 5.25-26

Let’s skip the customary application of these verses – you know, the husbands love your wives part – and concentrate on Christ’s love for His church. Sometimes I believe we Christians treat the local church in a somewhat flippant manner. Here is what I mean. We go to church when nothing else gets in the way. As long as there is not something else to do, we will make the effort and go to church. It is almost like we simply RESIGN ourselves to going because that is what we are supposed to do. But if Christ loved the church and gave himself for it, what is wrong with making my local church a matter of utmost importance in my daily or weekly schedule? When we examine WHY Christ loved the church, we discover that he wants to “sanctify” it. What does that mean? The word “sanctify” means to “set apart” In essence Jesus is saying, “I want my church to be DIFFERENT from the world in which it exists.”
But there is more. He also wants to “cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word.” Once again, what does that mean? The two processes of “sanctifying” and “cleansing” are closely linked together. The Word of God is a cleansing agent for us when we read it, obey it and apply it. You can be certain that Christ’s love for His church is of such great importance to Him that He is THRILLED when His children WANT to be in His house and WANT to be set apart from the world and WANT to be cleansed from the sins that will hold us back. Take a close look at YOUR attitude toward Christ’s church and make certain that He is THRILLED because you WANT to be there when it meets. Just My Thoughts  …

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