Two or three

Yesterday I talked about Jesus and who He is. We have to come to a place where each of us know Him without the help of other people.  People can guide and help us, but we have to come to a place where we can say.  Hi Jesus, it is…………(fill in your name).  Please take my hand, Jesus.   I want to know You.  I want to be where You are.    It was Tozer who said,

“For millions of Christians, …God is no more real than He is to the non-Christian. They go through life trying to love an ideal and be loyal to a mere principle.” – A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

He also said

“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshippers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship. Social religion is perfected when private religion is purified. The body becomes stronger as its members become healthier. The whole Church of God gains when the members that compose it begin to seek a better and higher life.” – A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

How will we show this Jesus to people?  Well Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  That means Jesus is shown in our interaction with each other as christians.  He also said, “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”  Two or three is enough.  Jesus is in a “different” way present when two or more of us gather, than when I am alone. 

Two or more is where this happens.

Mk. 9:50: Be at peace with one another
Jh. 13:34: Love one another
Rm. 12:10: Be devoted to one another
Rm. 12:10: Give preference to one another
Rm. 12:16: Be of the same mind toward one another
Rm. 14:19: Build up one another
Rm. 15:7: Accept one another as Christ does
Rm. 15:14: Admonish one another
Rm. 16:16: Greet one another with a holy kiss
1 Cor. 11:33: Wait for one another
1 Cor. 12:25: Care for one another
Gal. 5:13: Serve one another
Gal. 6:2: Bear one another’s burdens
Eph. 4:2: Forbear one another in love
Eph. 4:25: Speak the truth to one another
Eph. 4:32: Be kind to one another
Eph. 4:32: Be tender hearted to one another
Eph. 4:32: Forgive one another
Eph. 5:19: Speak to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
Eph. 5:21: Be subject to one another
Phil. 2:3: Regard one another as more important
Col. 3:13: Bear with one another
Col. 3:16: Teach one another
1 Thess. 4:18: Comfort one another
1 Thess. 5:11: Encourage one another
1 Thess. 5:13: Seek for what is best for one another
Heb. 10:24. Stimulate one another to good deeds
Jam. 5:16: Pray for one another
Jam. 5:16: Confess your sins to one another
1 Pt. 4:9: Be hospitable to one another
1 Pt. 4:10: Use your gift to serve one another
1 Pt. 5:5: Be humble towards one another
1 Jh. 1:7: Fellowship with one another

Now you will notice that these verses have an intimacy about them.  This is not a Sunday service or a Wednesday evening gathering.  This is done by people who spend time together and I am NOT referring to “religious” time.  (Religious time is time set apart for acting religious.)  When the baby of a friend vomits all over me.  When we eat together.  When we play together.  When a friend’s mother dies.  When we go to the movies.  This interacting of people that know Him is what I call the church.   In other words, Church is wherever our lives connect.   And thank God, two or three is enough for church to happen.

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