Church Membership – Part 2
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27 NIV)
We need the Lord, and we need each other. Thank God for the body of Christ, and thank God for each local church that preaches the gospel and whose members are working together to build each other up in the faith.
The Bible says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might...” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17). When the members of a local body of believers have this attitude, and they’re exercising their various spiritual gifts in one accord for the furtherance of God’s kingdom and the edification of the body of Christ, there’s no telling what the Lord can do through that local assembly.
If you are a member of a local church, or planning to join a local body of believers, it is also important for you to feel free to share and to have others stand with you when you’re hurting. God’s Word says, “If one part [of the body] suffers, every part suffers with it…” (1 Corinthians 12:26). You don’t need to be closed in or to be embarrassed about any difficult situation you may be facing. Perhaps you need a job, or you have a wayward son or daughter for whom the body of Christ can pray. We are all in this together.
Finally – and this is important –we can’t allow gossip in the local assembly. If anyone hurts you, which can happen, because we are all imperfect people, tell the person in love and see how God can help you both to resolve the problem. You can also tell a church leader who can bring you together with that person and help clarify the situation in the love of Christ. But do not tell anybody else. That is what grieves the Holy Spirit. The blessing of God lifts when we are running around talking about one another.
Thank God for each local assembly that God has raised up for his glory and honor! Let’s pray: Lord, you know the pressures, scars and heartbreaks that each member of your body is facing. We thank you for every Christian church, but we acknowledge that it’s not about any particular local assembly. It’s about you, Lord. It’s about our worshipping together, praying together, and helping one another. Help us to do all of this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Read 1 Corinthians 12:21-31.