A recent Pew Research Center study found that 23 percent of the adult population of the United States identified as “religiously unaffiliated,” or the “nones,” up from 16 percent in 2007.4 This has led people to seek new forms of community building outside of the church, such as at the gym. How sad that the life-giving community of the church could be substituted with a work-out group, that the vision and purpose in the Great Commission could be overshadowed by getting one’s body in shape.
Josiah recognized his role in filling his sphere of influence with the truth of God, but he also called others into the adventure. He allowed others to realize their dynamic role in God’s kingdom (1 Cor. 12). This hasn’t changed. Every believer has been placed in his or her church, neighborhood, and community to influence it with the love of God, a far greater task than hopping on a spin bike and getting a good sweat. So let us be on God’s mission first and foremost, and let’s call others to join us in this meaningful work.
How are you loving and serving alongside the body of Christ for its growth and for the Great Commission?