As born-again Christians, we automatically receive a love for the “brethren” (other folks in the church), when we receive the Holy Spirit and draw close to the Lord. An instant indicator that you’re not on the right track with the Lord would if you do not enjoy spending time with authentic brothers and sisters in Christ. Yet, while a love for each other and for the church body is an excellent thing, it is also not enough! The problem is that some folks stop right there. Church becomes more of a country club than a biblically functioning community. When that happens, church is worthless, except for the work it does for Satan. When folks stop serving the Lord and go to church instead to “see and be seen” then God’s work is left wanting. There is no middle ground here… either we’re doing the work of the Lord, or of the enemy. The bottom line? It’s OK to love your church, but it IS possible to love the church and not love Christ. Check your thought process the next time you’re at your place of worship. Exactly why are you there?
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.'” Matthew 22:37-38