A statement I’ve made over and over again in conferences and events all last year was:
“Organic church life is the most glorious experience a Christian can know. But it doesn’t work, it never has worked, and it never will work unless you embrace the cross.”
The church of Jesus Christ — in experience — only works when the members are laying their lives down, “losing their lives,” submitting to one another and to their Lord, and giving Christ room to live, move, and have His being.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” Luke 9:23-24
For this reason, authentic body life is one of the most glorious — yet difficult — things a Christian can get involved in. It’s a railroad track to the cross. And this is one of the reasons why it’s so incredibly transforming.