Bring people together at the church. How to act in accordance with God’s will is explained, clearly, in many, if not all, of the books of the New Testament. “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:4-5).
How we behave and how we treat each other is the reflection of Christ in our lives. If we are not behaving in a way that Christ needs us to behave, the Lord will not build our church. Some people are better at behaving than others, but everybody is capable of being the best they can be at learning about what is right and what is wrong. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galations 6:9).
How to bring people together is written many times throughout the New Testament, because bringing people together is what wins lives for eternal salvation. In a tug-of-war, who is going to win? The team with ten people or the team with two people? Or, who is going to win? The group of people who are all pulling the same way or the group of people who are all pulling in different directions? The Son of God came to this earth so that all of God’s children could begin to pull in the same direction, God’s direction. “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” (Colossians 1:21-22).
Because we are holy in the Lord’s sight with Christ, he can work with us so much better. He can send his Spirit to live with us and lead us through the day. He can be the leader that holds the church community together in perfect harmony, but we, his children–those who believe in Christ–must be willing to let Christ lead us into the kingdom of the Father. We must have such a deep knowledge of the Lord that we would rather die than live without him. We need to burn toward his leadership so that we can live as close to Christ as possible. When our God calls us in such a way, that’s when the church will begin to set souls on fire for God, lifting them off toward salvation. And that’s when the church will grow, but it’s our choice. Believe that the Lord is reality, and his world is the only one that matters. Live in the Lord’s world with every breath, and chase after the mind, the heart and the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:7-11)