"Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me" John 14:1
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Written by Kevin L. Howard   

You'll need commitment if you're serious about living a meaningful life.  Rick Warren says, "Without a clear purpose, you will keep changing directions, jobs, relationships, churches, or other externals-hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in your heart" (32, PDL).


Some churches have a lot of people who attend, but don't really participate.  They're faithful to the Sunday morning service, and they know a few people, but that's about it.  I'd like to see more people express their commitment to Christ through membership.


When you join a church, whether house church or institutional, you make a commitment.  It means you're there for the long haul, not just until things get rough.  It means joining the community of faith and allowing others to speak into your life.  It means making friends and being accountable to other believers.  And that includes giving your finances faithfully. 


Many folks today think they don't need the local church.  Perhaps they feel this way because they've been hurt or think we're all hypocrites.  Yet, no one can live a fully satisfying life outside of the local church. 


God loves his church, despite that it's filled with sinners like you and me.  And God wants you to love his church, too.  But you can't love it from a distance-you've got to get close enough so others can know you, so others can see you when you take off your mask, so others can bless you when you open your heart. 


Most everyone wants to live a significant life.  And one way to find significance is to pour your heart into something bigger than yourself.  Why not pour your heart into serving Jesus through a local evangelical church? 


The leadership wants to assist you in your relationship with Jesus Christ.  They want to help you love something other than yourself.  They want to call you out of the bland life of materialism, pride, immodesty, and vain conceit.  They want you to know the joy of walking with Christ and his people.  (That includes suffering, too.)


If you want to live a life that counts, then you'll need to commit to something.  If you're not a member at an evangelical church, but you're a believer who wants to grow in your knowledge of Christ, and you will risk loving other imperfect people on their way toward godliness, then step across the line.  Throw out your anchor and make your life count for eternity.  Join the adventure!

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