Not only has Jesus purchased the Church with His own blood, but He is also the one who is building it. It is Jesus Christ who is making it wholesome, holy, robust, and successful. The Church, as you might remember, has an enemy who is at war against it. But the Lord has promised that the very “gates of hell” would not be able to stop her advance.
Matthew 16:18 (NKJV) ..I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
It frustrates me when I see how much our culture attacks the church. And believe me, there is a war against His Church in our society. Almost all Chritians depicted are bigots, liars, hateful, greedy, or stupid. However, we must remember Jesus said it is His Church, and hell will not be able to stop her advance. I also think you have to be out of your mind to be mocking the thing that God gave his son for. To stand before the Holy God on the day of judgment after you spent your life mocking what His Son gave his life for will be mean series trouble.
God has invested much into His people, the Church. He has redeemed her, cleansed her, empowered her. He made her an joint heir with His son, and placed her on earth to be His representative, his ambassador. What an awesome thing it is to be a part of His Church. That is why we as Christians should stop being shy about our faith. If there is anyone who should be proud (I mean that in a good sense) of there heritage is should be us. There is no Greek, Jew, Black, White, Poor, or Rich. When you become part of his Church, that is you identity. When our culture mocks us for being Christ followers, stand tall and know it is an honor to be called a Christian.
I challenge you today to value being a part of His church to the same degree the Father does.