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“As each part does its own special work…the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭16‬ NLT)

While Queen Victoria’s status as the first known carrier of hemophilia is well documented, few realize just how devastating the spread of her genes were on the next three generations that followed her. A son, three grandsons, and four great-grandsons were all sufferers, most of whom bled to death. Since her children eventually married into other politically important wealthy bloodlines, Queen Victoria’s genes weakened the royal houses of England, Russia, Spain, and Prussia.

According to our text, the spiritual body of the Church is healthy when everyone is doing there part. So what happens if we don’t? Then not only is the Church and its people in danger of becoming unhealthy, but future generations of the Church also stand the chance of inheriting this destructive state since both activity and inactivity are learned behaviors. 

As Christians, we are made to know God and to make Him known. By doing the Christ Life right, we can prevent a spiritual equivalent of Victoria’s hereditary torment. Live right so that the future Church lives! You are loved! 

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Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, ‘Are you also going to leave?'” (John‬ ‭6‬:‭67‬ NLT)

According to Pastoral Care Inc., the American Church is hemorrhaging. Every day, an estimated 3,500 people walk away from the Church. Follow that up with the sobering fact that every month, over 300 churches will close their doors for the last time and 1,700 ministers will walk away from the pulpit, never to return. It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that without intervention, we could be in real trouble!

In John 6:66, Jesus encountered His own falling away of followers. When He asked His disciples this question, He was needing to know who he could count on. Jesus is the Chief Architect of the Church and He is busy constructing new lives! It’s not a matter of Jesus’ commitment, but ours. Are we willing to endure the work and pain in order to see lives changed?

Don’t misunderstand this devotion: Jesus is building a strong Church that will prevail and not be destroyed! The question is who will stand their ground when our world and the prevailing morals of our societies frown on holiness and the authority of God’s Word? Make your stand strong with Jesus! Live an uncompromising life that He can build His Church on! You are loved today!