We live in our local churches resisting this truth in so many ways. Our focus is on a large L (Local) and a small u (Universal). We forget that the power of the Universal church lies in the local. We forget the power of the Local church is realized through the Universal. Our resources, our efforts all center on striving to thrive at the Local church even at the cost of the Universal. We hear stories of the need of the Universal, local churches around the world that need our spiritual gifts, our abilities, our resources and for a moment we are moved but so quickly focus back on ourselves and the apparent difficulty in helping the Universal church. I have talked to many pastors who have told me they cannot give their time to equip and encourage the Universal church because their Local church will not permit time off, sharing of their pastors. If these local churches recognized their responsibility/great opportunity to strengthen their church universal We have done a great job disconnecting ourselves from the Universal church and its need and in doing so we have limited God's blessing on our churches. I believe that God blesses local churches that have a Universal focus.