Elizabeth & Jim George

Bestselling authors dedicated to helping
people live a life after God’s own heart.
They've written over 70 books with more
than 10 million copies sold. For over 30 years,
they've helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s truth and apply it
    to daily situations.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of
    children and teens.

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  • From Jim’s Heart—Understanding the Importance of the Church
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  • From Jim’s Heart—Understanding the Importance of the Church
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  • From Jim’s Heart—Understanding the Importance of the Church
  • From Jim’s Heart—Understanding the Importance of the Church
  • From Jim’s Heart—Understanding the Importance of the Church

From Jim’s Heart—Understanding the Importance of the Church

Aside from Paul’s consistent theme of salvation by grace through faith (see Ephesians 2:8-9 and Titus 3:5), his teachings on the church are one of the most dominant subjects in his writings. That should serve as a clue that, as men after God’s own heart and as men who desire to fulfill all of God’s will, you and I ought to heed Paul’s heartfelt teachings on this most important subject. If God inspired Paul to say so much about the church, then clearly the church is important to God, and likewise, it should be important to us. Here’s a sampling of what Paul taught about the church in just one of his 13 letters, the book of Ephesians:

  • The church is headed by Christ (Ephesians 1:22).
  • The church is Christ’s body (1:23).
  • The church is to show forth the wisdom of God (3:10).
  • The church is subject to Christ (5:24).
  • Christ loved and died for the church (5:25).
  • Christ feeds and cares for His church (5:29).
  • We, as believers, are members of Christ’s body, the church (5:30).

…and there’s much more Paul says about the church! Given this emphasis, we can see why the church—both worldwide and our local church—should be important to us. In fact, the church is a priority for a man after God’s own heart!

Second Fiddle

An interviewer asked famed conductor Leonard Berstein, “What’s the most difficult instrument to play?” Good-naturedly he replied, “Second fiddle!” He added, “And if no one plays second, there’s no harmony.” We need to be more than willing to be God’s servants. We need to revel in the opportunities He gives us to serve.

Do you have someone you work with, serve with shoulder to shoulder? Someone you help as they serve the Lord? The apostle Paul said of Timothy in Philippians 2, “But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly… I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state” (verses 19-20). I pray that you’ll spend time with a mentor in ministry and in prayer and Bible study. I encourage you to mature in your usefulness. Be content to play “second fiddle.”

Jesus, You were so humble and willing to serve. I want to follow Your example. Keep me from being caught up in wanting to be in charge, the one who gets the recognition. Help me look for places to serve and uplift others. Amen.