Devotion/Scripture of the week

Don’t Just Believe.  Belong!

“…the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth..” – 1 Timothy 3:15b (NASB)

You are called to belong, not just believe.

Even in the perfect, sinless environment of Eden, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone…” (Genesis 2:18b NASB).

We are created for community, fashioned for fellowship, and formed for a family, and none of us can fulfill God’s purposes by ourselves. The Bible knows nothing of solitary saints or spiritual hermits.

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. The Bible says, “so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually parts of one another.” (Romans 12:5 NASB).

Following Christ includes belonging, not just believing. 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 lists. 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 organism, not an organization (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 6:15; 12:12-27).