Have you ever felt so secure and so at home in a church? People are so friendly. They are loving. They treat you kindly. They show respect. They care for you. They seek you out. They support you. It just feels like one happy family. A Christ-centered church, may not be perfect, but surely it is the one church where we can feel loved, accepted, and cared about.
A Christ-centered church cares for one another. How would you feel to be in a church who does not mind your whereabouts? A church who does not care if you are sitting in the pew on one sunday and gone the sundays after. A church who is not concerned of your life and how you are doing in your walk with God. A church like that is not a church who makes you feel that you belong. A church where Jesus is the center, cares for the sheep. It gently prods and consistently checks on the life of its members. Especially in this time of pandemic, the church has a big role to step into, which transcends the physical building of the church. The church is in a very strategic position to show the care and love of Christ to its members specially at times like this when people cannot be regularly present inside the church building.
A Christ-centered church supports each other. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2. And this takes love. To be able to support each other in patience and grace, we need the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are instructed to live the life worthy of God. “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.”- Ephesians 4:1-2. When we allow God’s love to rule, we are able to experience a loving family of God who helps one another. The church becomes a supportive family who shares the burdens of one another. And this time is the best time to show this love and support. The time of pandemic is an opportunity for all of us to carry one another’s burden.