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.
The book of Romans was written by the Apostle Paul it is widely regarded as Paul’s most carefully considered, rhetorically sophisticated and theologically important writing, composed near the end of his ministry and containing his mature reflections on the Christian faith. In Chapter 12 3-8 Paul talks about the humble service in the body of Christ and all are given gifts and talents in serving Christ. (3) For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, 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. We have different gifs, 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 teaching, then teach, . If it is to encourage, then give encouragements, if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently, if it is to show mercy do it cheerfully.
All of God’s children have many gifts and talents in which he has given to you. There maybe some who feels that they are not smart enough, pretty enough, I am handicap in one way or another God can’t use me? Can He? I am here to tell you all it takes is to have a willing heart to serve him. You need to found out first what are your gifts, what is your passion in life? Do you like to write, send a note of encouragement to a friend, you may never know what they are going thru, however a cheerful note maybe just the thing that they needed at that time. If someone needs a prayer, then pray with them, you don’t need fancy words in doing so, just speak from your heart that is all God’s is looking for. What about a hug, anyone can do that, believe me at times that is all someone may need is a hug and a smile. Help out your church where there maybe a need, what about your local food pantry, or by serving a meal. At the one church where I served when we had our free monthly dinners for our community we would have this gentleman who did serve from his wheelchair, and even children serve that meal as well. There is never any kind of an excuse any of us can truly use to be able to help our fellow man or woman, and in the end you will be the one being bless. So friends what about you, what is your passion?
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