I was a hippie that became a Christian. I did not instantly stop thinking like a hippie either. And then God put me in a small group with a Louisiana redneck, and I thought, “How on earth can I relate to this guy?”
But you know, we became good friends. Why? Because we both loved Jesus more than we loved the culture we came from.
When God thinks about His church, He is not thinking of a building. He is thinking of His family-His church. And like any good father, He is concerned and deeply involved with His family. He is so involved that He even chooses where He wants them to be. The Bible says God places people in His family like He wants. God puts people into His family for relationships to be developed.
1 Cor. 12:18 (NKJV) But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body[HIS CHURCH] just as He pleased.
He puts Christians together and uses that togetherness to enrich each life.
People may say, “My natural family is good enough for me. I don’t need a church family.” Not so with Jesus. When He was crowded around by people needing ministry, someone came to Him and said,
Matthew 12:47-50 (NIV) "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you. He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers? Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
Jesus thought His relationship with His spiritual brothers and sisters was more important than his own natural family. Remarkable!