The Lord loves His Church so deeply, He calls us His "body." We are the manifest presence of the Lord on earth, for He abides in and with us in Spirit. Therefore, He says we are the light of the world, just as He is that Light. He is returning for a perfect Church, and we must be found walking in the perfection of the Spirit and the bond of peace. We must be perfect (complete, healthy, and holy), just as He is; and the Church must stand as one, just as the Father, Son, and Spirit stand as one.
Membership in the Church is not a matter of agreement to a certain set of rules and regulations, attendance at meetings, or participation in religious enterprises, no matter how noble. Membership in the body of Christ is the spiritual position given to every believer, whereby he or she receives the everlasting life God pours out on those He draws close. We are now members of the heavenly family, not an earthly one; we no longer go to church, we are the church. As members of His body, we are the expression, the hands and feet of the Lord. Our witness is the assurance that our God is a God of love, and He is still reaching out to the lost and broken. The Gospel is to be preached by every member of His body; not some special set of believers, but every one of us. Our message is this - God is ready, willing, and mighty to save! That is what it means to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. Welcome to the family.
Let's Pray - Father, lead us into oneness with You and with one another, as You are one with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Help us to value every relationship with our spiritual family greatly. May we love one another as You love us. Amen.