(April 21, 2013)
In churches all across America, there are many names that are on membership roles; but membership does not necessarily mean a true relationship with Jesus Christ. One must not become enamored with having their name on the membership role. It is imperative that every church member takes a careful look at their lives and see if they have a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.
I am afraid that there are some who have placed faith in their membership instead of their discipleship. Here is what I mean; they are content with just being a member and identifying with a particular church and not really committing their lives to Jesus Christ, and being His disciple. Dr. Tony Evans states that “Discipleship is the process by which we bring all of our life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.” Therefore, a disciple is one who is totally sold out for the Lord and His will for their life. Jesus put it this way, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24 NKJV).
Membership without a relationship is deception. One is deceived by thinking that all they need to do is walk down the aisle and give the preacher their hand, fill out the form and that’s it. No, do not be deceived; when you are in a genuine relationship with Christ, you will desire to learn about Him and seek to live according to His word. Jesus commands the one who says they believe in Him not only to be baptized, but also to be taught everything He taught the disciples and to live obediently. To show you just how important it is to be continuously obedient to God’s Word, Jesus stated on another occasion to the Jews who believed on him, “If you continue in my Word, then are you my Disciples indeed. (John 8:31).
Jesus gave an illustration of some who were deceived into thinking that just because they did some religious works that they were fine; Jesus said unto them, “I never knew you; depart from me ye that work iniquity. Do not lose sight of what is really important, it is a genuine relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is what He wants; not your name on the membership role.
Attending church every once in a while does not constitute a relationship with Jesus Christ, nor does it make one a disciple. Here is what you must do: receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, strive to learn His holy Word, Pray and seek God continually. If there is a continual desire to live for Him, then you will have a rewarding and lasting relationship with our Lord. Don’t just be a member, be a true disciple!
Your servant in Christ,