It’s easy to recognize that God has blessed us. Even most people facing serious difficulties in their lives would still quickly admit to being blessed by God. Some are slower to identify God’s blessings in their lives, while others readily see them and continually thank God for them. But few would deny that they have been blessed by God.
When we think of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, probably the first thing that comes to mind is His crucifixion. His dying for us on the cross sticks out in our minds. It should! His was a sacrifice which we desperately needed yet which we did not in the least deserve. Without His paying the price for the guilt of our sins through His death on the cross we would have no hope of eternal life. But Christ did much for us beyond dying on the cross.
What do you do when things look darkest? What do you do when prospects appear bleakest? What do you do when your pain is greatest? What do you do when you feel most discouraged? What do you do when there appear to be no solutions, at least none that you can find? The answer to all of these questions, and many more similar to them, is the same. “Keep your eyes on Jesus!”
Many church leaders are dismayed that so many members have left their churches. They wonder how they can stem the tide and what they can ultimately do to bring them back. Studies indicate a growing percentage of people who claim belief in God yet seldom attend church services anywhere, a disturbing trend indeed.
Who are the churches of Christ? The only identity we desire is to be the church that you read about in the Bible, nothing more and nothing less! We are not a denomination. Our Lord came to this earth to establish His church (Matthew 16:18), not a denomination devised and organized by man. We diligently strive to fill our role as “the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15).
Gary L. Hutchens