Church membership is a gift from God.
Is that really how we look at it, as a precious gift? I think if we are honest, the majority don’t. Some look at it as being the social tally mark, like we are in a competition and whoever can rack up the most Sundays is the better member. Others see it as a sense of entitlement, as if the doors open and close to your every need alone. Then, there are the ones that see it as an obligation, but their heart is nowhere in it. I’m not saying there isn’t anyone out there who see it as a gift, but if we are real with each other, we would have to look hard inside each church building to find someone that is honored and humbled to serve others as Christ calls us to.
If we are truly grateful to God for the sacrifices that he has given us, then we should all want to breakdown the doors to serve one another. Putting ourselves last is not what this world wants us to do. We are bombarded daily with ads, songs and movies about getting what you want when you want it. But God’s design for us to serve one another is so much more fulfilling and rewarding than self-serving. How much different would the church look if we all saw membership as a wonderful gift God gave us by dying for our sins and all we wanted to do was serve Him in the church?
Matthew 20: 26-28 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
I challenge you all to examine your hearts this week and ask God to show you where He can use you to serve Him. Let’s all get more serious about our membership and be more Christ like.