We have our relationship with God, relationships with believers, and relationships with non-believers. All are important to being the Body of Christ.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Being the Body of Christ
As Christians, we have been adopted into God's family and become one body in Christ. What does that mean? It means that we, as Christians, function together to bring about God's kingdom. Just as every part of the body is its own part, they all function together to form you. All of us are individuals, but we work together to form the body of Christ!
How do we function together? Especially with the body of Christ spread out over the world? The Bible gives us the answer for this. We build up and strengthen our knowledge of the Word. This makes us, as an individual, stronger and wiser, able to set about the tasks God gives us. We also strengthen our relationships; with Jesus and with each other. Jesus is the head of the body. If we don't connect with Him, we have no direction. We connect with each other in order to lend support, and strengthen each other when we are temporarily weak. We also pray for those who are being persecuted. Prayer is the lifeblood of our faith. Through our prayers, Jesus will strengthen the other parts. But we can't pray specifically if we do not know the circumstances. So we must keep ourselves aware of what other parts are going through.
My goal is to bring these three things to you. Through Bible study, we can increase our knowledge. Through prayer and devotions, we can strengthen our relationships. Through knowledge and prayer of/for the persecuted, we can help keep all of the body strong.