Although our family has officially quit Christmas this year and skipped the tree and presents and hoopla, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t something I really want for Christmas.
What I want more than anything at the moment is like-minded fellowship. I’m always asking the Lord to make our family a church and gather to us other believers.
I don’t want a building. I don’t want a pastor. I don’t want weekly services. I want to be the Body of Christ with other believers. I want to be the right knee to someone else’s elbow. Like the apostles, I want to have one mind with other believers. I want to be part of a church that looks, acts, speaks and feels like the early church in Acts.
I know the real deal will bring persecution, but I want to be the kind of church that pleases God and not one that He wants to spew out.
The Lord promises there will be a day when His people are gathered and He himself will be their shepherd. I can’t wait until there is truly, One Body.
11 ” ‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. 14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign LORD. 16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.
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