Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
You are called to belong, not just believe. When we read in the book of Genesis it is not good for man to be alone. We are created for community, fashioned for fellowship, and formed for a family, and none of us can fulfill God’s purpose by ourselves. The Bible knows nothing of solitary saints or spiritual hermits isolated from other believers and deprived of fellowship. The Bible says we are put together, joined together, and held together, members together, heirs together, fitted together, and held together and will be caught up together. You are not on your own anymore. While your relationship to Christ is personal, God never intends it to be private. In God’s family you are connected to every other believer, and we will belong to each other for eternity. I am sure there are many of you out there longing to be a part of a family, having your own family, and without you even knowing that once you accept Christ into your heart you have been connected to the rest of his family. Following Christ includes belonging, not just believing. We are members of his Body–the church. C.S. Lewis noted that the word membership is of Christian origin, but the world has emptied it of its original meaning. Stores offer discounts to “members” and advertisers use member names to create mailing list. In churches, membership is often reduced to simply adding your name to a roll, with no requirements or expectations. To Paul, being a “member” of the church meant being a vital organ of a living body, an indispensable, interconnected part of the Body of Christ. We need to recover and practice the biblical meaning of membership. The church is a body, not a building, an organization. Whenever a child is born, he or she automatically becomes a part of the universal family of human beings. But that child also needs to become a member of a specific family to receive nurture and care and grow up healthy and strong. The same is true spiritually. When you become born again, which means flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. (John3:5) you need to become a member of a local expression of God’s family the church, his church. The Christian life is more than just commitment to Christ, it includes a commitment to other Christians. The Christians in Macedonia understood this, Paul tells us, “First they gave themselves to the Lord, and then, by God’s will they gave themselves to us as well. Joining the membership of a local church is the natural next step once you’ve become a child of God. You become a Christian by committing yourselves to Christ, but you become a church member by committing yourselves to a specific group of believers. And believe me being a part of a church, the family of true believers makes our journey in life a little easier to bear with that family and with God.
Grace and Peace to You My Friends.
By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundation, by understanding he set the heavens in place: by his knowledge the watery depths were divided. and the clouds let drop the dew. (Proverbs 3:19-20)
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength not one of them is missing? (Isaiah 40:26)
Their are many names that people use to call God the one today that I will share with you is “Elohim” the Hebrew name for God. Which means the God who has created the heavens and the earth and more important, He has created you. I recently was reading the book by author Wendy Blight and is called “I known His Name” The scriptures declares that our God is a personal God and a loving and forgiving father. He demands justice, yet extends grace. He is kind and compassionate and allows for free will, but mandates that this free will has consequences when wrongly exercised. However, because of His grace, in the midst of those consequences, God extends mercy and promise to never leave or forsake us. Can you image if everyone in our world would come to know God on a personal level in their own life they would begin to see changes from the inside-out that only God can ever do in any of us. It is not just going to church on a Sunday morning that makes any of us to know God in a personal way, it is searching the scriptures and our own prayer life that we come to know the “Great I Am”
We begin this journey to begin to know who God is, lets read Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Try and picture in your mind a big nothing and from that big nothing God began to created the world as we know it today. So during many of my writings I will share with you the different names of God. God is an infinite being without beginning and without an end. (Revelation 21:6, 22:13) But Genesis 1:1 God initiated a work that is measured by time as we understand it. Our God has done great and unsearchable things beyond our comprehension. He brought into existence every natural wonder the eye can see, every twinkling star, every delicate snowflake, every drop of rain, every beautiful cloud, every crisp cool day, everything in its beauty God has created for mankind t enjoy.
Grace and Peace to You My Friends
Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power, his understanding has no limit. The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground. Sing to the Lord with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp. Psalm 147:1-7
Jesus is the firm foundation on which you and I can dance and sing praises and continually celebrate knowing Him, just as our soul long to. There are times, however, we feel earthbound and weighed down with all of our cares and concerns. However when we begin to worship Jesus in spirit and truth those cares seems to be less and we feel free to dance. At times when my problems seem so difficult for me to bear, I begin to thank Jesus for who he is and more important for loving me. He never promise any of us that this life of ours here on earth would ever be easy, and some days seem to be difficult to get through, however begin to rejoice. When you feel like crying-rejoice, when you are angry-rejoice, when you feel frustrated-rejoice, when you are in pain from illness or from being hurt-rejoice, no matter what you are going thru in your life-REJOICE in knowing the Risen Lord Jesus Christ! Go to Him in prayer to Be Still and Know He is God (Psalm 46:10) Breathe in the Grace of God knowing his love for you, Breathe out your Praises to Him for who he is, and when you do, you begin to focus totally on Jesus, and the worries that you carry on your shoulders will be light as a feather. Sing loud, God doesn’t care how you sound, dance as freely as you want to, all along just thinking of who he is “The Great I Am” He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, who is, and who was, and who is to come the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8)
Grace and Peace to You My Friends
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22
As Christians we are called to belong to a family and not just believe. If you think about it when God created this world and also the first man, called Adam he said it is not good for man to be alone, so he then created Woman and called her Eve. So as you can see, since the time that God created everything we were never meant to live alone. From the book by Rick Warren the purpose driven life, he tells us this, that the Bible says we are put together, joined together, built together, members together, heirs together, fitted together and held together and will be caught up together. You are not alone any more. While your relationship to Christ is personal, God never intends it to be private. In God’s family you are connected to every other believer, and we will belong to each other for eternity. In the book of Romans 12:4-5 Paul the apostle tells us this. For just as each of us has one body with many members (parts), and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, through many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. So you can see we all and I mean all belongs to the same body of Christ, and we all have different gifts what God has given us. (Romans 12:6-7) We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying then prophesy in accordance with your faith, If it is serving, then serve, if it is in teaching, then teach, if it is to encourage, then give encouragement, if it is in giving, then give generously, if it is to lead, do it diligently, if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. God has given all of his children gifts to be able to serve him and to serve others. It is such a wonderful feel to belong and I mean to truly belong to a family, and more important to be apart of God’s family.
Grace and Peace to you My Friends