I Love My Church
This Sunday will launch “I Love my Church” month at Northside Baptist Church! These words are more than just a slogan for the month of February. They are a proclamation of appreciation for the local body of believers that make up our Northside Baptist Family. They are words not to be taken lightly; words of personal commitment. This love for my church should mean something as to how I conduct my life. There is responsibility that goes with love. We, the members of Northside Baptist Church, have a God given responsibility for one another. Family members are to love one another. Adam and Eve had two boys, Cain and Able. Cain certainly did not act as if he had a love for his brother. In fact, Cain’s words and actions reveal a very selfish heart and nature.
God had shared how He was to be worshiped. Cain did not care what God wanted. Cain would try to worship in his own selfish way. As a result, his worship was not received by the Lord. Cain revealed even more of his selfish heart. He acted in personal jealousy and took his brother’s life. When the Lord questioned Cain about his brothers whereabouts, Cain asked, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The question is an important one. This is one of the first questions asked by man in the Bible. I believe God included it in the record because it reveals our personal accountability to God for others. Your answer to this question reveals how much you know about what God expects of us as individuals. Cain was only interested in his own selfish will. He did not care about his parents, his brother, nor God.
When we say we love our Church, we are declaring that we understand we have a responsibility to God for the others in our church family. Most of all, it is an acknowledgement of the special blessing God has given us by placing us in this local body of believers. Because we love the Lord and His church, we should keep one another through love and prayer. We have the responsibility to care for our church through faithful attendance and tithing. We are also responsible to the Lord to seek to reach new people that God’s family might grow. The Lord so loved us that He gave Himself for us. When we say we love the Lord and His church, there should be a willingness to give of ourselves. We must give up our selfishness and yield our hearts completely to Jesus. As we do, our Love for the Lord and His church will grow and we will find our lives fulfilled.
I Love My Church,