It seems to me some believe merely “Jesus and me” is what it means to live Christianly. While it is true our Christian faith ought to be personal, we should not commit the error of viewing the Christian life as private. As Christians, we have repented of sin and have placed faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. But Jesus is not merely my Lord and Savior; Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Consider what the writer of Hebrews said as he was inspired by the Holy Spirit. After explaining the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice for sinners (Hebrews 10:1–18), the writer of Hebrews shares for those who have trusted in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they are able to confidently enter before the throne of God. This is not based on their own righteousness but solely based on the blood of the righteous Christ. It was Jesus who came to live as God in the flesh, living a sinless life and dying a sinner’s death, being sacrificed so that we could find salvation in Him (10:20). He also serves as our high priest, making intercession for us who are in Christ (10:21). Therefore, this truth is only for those who have trusted in Jesus as Lord and Savior. For only those who have Christ can draw near with full assurance of faith (10:22). Only those who have Christ can hold fast the confession of our hope in the gospel (10:23). Yet, those who have Christ not only have Christ to live out the Christian life. They have the church. Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation but the evidence of possessing that saving faith is found in living the Christian life and the Christian life is not lived in isolation. That is why Hebrews 10:24–25 command us, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Because of the person and work of Christ, seen in His sufficient sacrifice for sins, we can be saved by placing our belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior. What we need to understand, though, is when God saved you, He adopted you into a family. This family of God is what is known as the church. The visible representation of this family is found in the local church, where priority is given to meeting together for the sake of worshipping our Lord and Savior together. As well, in our times together we need to be living as brothers and sisters in Christ, considering how we can help one another grow in Christ by loving and doing good to each other. One of the ways we do that is by making it a priority to meet together. As we see, one of the concerns for whatever reason was some professing Christians had neglected meeting together for the sake of worship and fellowship. What was true then is true now. You may be someone who lives by the mindset that your spiritual life is nobody else’s business or maybe you know someone who thinks “Jesus and me” is enough for living out the Christian life. The reality is such statements are a product of culture and not truths from the Bible. As Christians, we must understand the importance of the local church and see the necessity of accountability in the Christian community. God has saved a people for Himself. Jesus is not simply my Lord and Savior. For all who repent of their sins and trust in Him, Jesus is our Lord Savior.
- Do you have the mindset you all need to live the Christian life is “Jesus and me”? How does understanding Jesus as our Lord and Savior contribute to the importance of the local church?
- How can you make it a priority to gather with the church and in what ways can you display love and good works to your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ?
This post was written by EBG Lead Writer and Founder Theron St. John. His joy is serving God and His people, both in the church and the academy. He is the associate pastor of Blue Ridge Christian Union Church in Shelbyville, Indiana and an adjunct professor at Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis.