Unfortunately, many self proclaimed Christians are far from together. I won't go into the lists of excuses because it doesn't really matter. What matters is that there is a problem. So why does this problem exist? Several reasons.
First, many self proclaimed Christians are not really Christians. They like to claim Christ, but the Spirit of Christ does not dwell in them; therefore they do not love the Church “as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).
Second, Christians approach Church sinfully. Many Christians view Church as a mall. We enter looking to personally consume. We walk into Church week after week with a self centered expectation. If we can't find that perfect product, we eventually stop shopping. But is this a picture of the Church described in the Bible? Is this what God's family looks like? No. What brings us together as born again believers is not the perfect spread of food on the table, it is who is sitting around the table, namely other born again believers.
Third, we fail to understand the Gospel power of unity. Check out what Jesus prays for in John 17:20-21, “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. “
Did you catch it? “They may be one...so that the world may believe you have sent me.” When Christians are together, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, decade after decade, the world notices. When Christians live life together in the good times and the bad, people see something powerful. What do they see? The see the Trinity. To be a family, a flock, a temple, and body is to be a display of the powerful relationship of the God-head.
If you don't believe Jesus knew what he was talking about, just think about it for a second. Imagine the effect you would have on your co-workers if week after week you had stories of laughing, crying, loving, and living side by side with your Christian brothers and sisters. Your co-workers would begin to envy you. They would start to desire the rich relationship that you have and they don't. They would start to recognize that something was missing in their life. Your relationship would be a living testimony to the Glory of God's family. You would be displaying the light of Christ.
Unfortunately, this power of Christian community is fleeting. But we can change. We can once again be like the early Church who in Acts 2:42 we are told were devoted to the fellowship and in Acts 2:47 it says, “And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Therefore, let us be the answer to Jesus's prayer and unleash the power of Christ's Community.