There are lots of things in life that really “matter” to us. It may be our favorite sports team, our house, our career, or our kids. Although most of those things are important, none of them are ultimate. In the eyes of God, there is only one thing that really matters: the church. Not a building or a denomination or an hour on Sunday – but the movement of people who collectively embody God’s grace and truth. The church is the ultimate hope of the world. Ephesians 5:25 tells us that, “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” The church matters so much that Jesus was willing to die to create it. If it mattered that much to Jesus, it should matter that much to us.