We’ve got to unite ourselves as one body.
Because Jesus is coming back,
and he’s coming back for a bride, not a harem.
“I’m not sure we need more churches. What we really need is a church. I say one church is better than fifty. I have tried to remove the plural form churches from my vocabulary, training myself to think of the church as Christ did, and as early Christians did. The metaphors for her are singular- a body, a bride. I heard one gospel preacher say it like this, as he really wound up and broke a sweat: “We’ve got to unite ourselves as one body. Because Jesus is coming back, and he’s coming back for a bride, not a harem.”
This last sentence has stuck with me since I first underlined it in the book sometime last week. It’s a powerful reminder not just about Jesus’ anticipated return but more importantly what he’s anticipating to come back to.
I wonder how much precious time we waste bickering over semantics, doctrine, tribal rituals and beliefs when we ought to be joining hands and hearts together for the coming kingdom. If we are doing the work of Christ right then we will be too busy to do the church wrong.