I’m not a big joiner. I’m not a member of many clubs or organizations.

Having said that, I am the member of a local church.

OK, I know you’re saying, “Mike, you’re a pastor. You have to be a member of church.

“Fair enough, however, just because I do something that’s part of my job doesn’t mean I don’t believe in it. I believe in the local church.”

Here’s the short version. First, life is too hard to live by yourself. Everyone needs a community.

Sooner or later, life will get you. It may be a surgery, stopped up pipes in your kitchen, anything and everything in between. One day, you’re going to need friends.

And on the day when you don’t need friends, you’re going to need to be a friend. Everybody gets a turn. If you’re not there, who answers the call?

If you’re a Christ-follower, you belong to the church.

You’re part of the family. The only question left is what kind of family member you’ll be. We are accountable to and responsible for each other.

Remember, you didn’t choose this family. You were chosen.