Members should be members
Updated: Jan 21
Read 1 Cor. 12:12-30
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of membership? For me, I think of my gym membership and my Netflix account. Subscription services are radically changing the way we interact with media! With the growth of tech comes the growth of expectations. On demand services are sky rocketing, and other traditional forms of entertainment are taking a hit.
I wonder if sometimes we don't get caught up with thinking about our church membership like we do our gym or streaming service. I mean, they're both memberships, shouldn't they operate the same way?
Its interesting that the first time Paul uses the word membership, he's not using it as though it is an entry to a club. He says that members of the church are like members of a body. Check out 1 Cor. 12 again! The members of the the body of Christ all have key roles and functions in the success of the Church. If the eyes just decided not to function one day, the church could lose its direction. If the feet decided to "just be served" for a while, the body would never move.
My point is this, with church membership comes expectations. A few of these that Paul mentions are these.
1. If you're a member, you need to be a part of, or attached to, the body of Christ.
2. If you're a member, you need to be a working part of the body of Christ.
3. If you're a member, you need to strengthen one another in their weakness, and be willing to be strengthened in yours.
There are no leaches or parasites in the body of Christ. We are not called to latch on and consume resources. We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Ready to go, and ready to work.
Church membership is sacrificial, not consumeristic.