Thursday, October 29, 2015

"Called to belong, not just believe"


I am blessed to have a mom who sends me e-mail/messages with words of encouragement or pieces of Bible study, verses, and even words of wisdom she stumbles on. It never fails that it's perfect timing. Mom's are funny like that!?!? ;) I was cleaning my inbox the other day and I came across this...(it's short, don't worry) 

“In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” (Romans 12:5)

You are called to belong, not just believe.
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 isolated from other believers and deprived of fellowship.
The Bible says we are put together, joined together, built together, members together, heirs together, fitted together, and held together, and we will be caught up together (1 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 2:21-22, 3:6, 4:16; Colossians 2:19; 1 Thessalonians 4:17).
You’re not on your own anymore!
While your relationship to Christ is personal, God never intended for it to be private. In God’s family you are connected to every other believer, and we will belong to each other for eternity. The Bible says, “In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:5).
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).
God’s purposes for his Church are identical to his five purposes for you. Worship helps you focus on God;fellowship helps you face life’s problems; discipleship helps fortify your faith; ministry helps find your talents; power helps fulfill your mission. -Rick Warren 

Wow! The words are so true. It's so important we, as Christians, are staying "plugged in." That is sometimes tossed around and thrown excuses to though. We don't have time, we don't feel we fit in, there isn't a place for you...blah blah blah. Church family is so important (believe me I am speaking to myself). If you don't have a church home be sure you are accountable and spend time with Christian friends. It's so important to dwell with others who have the same passion for Christ. We a young (30 isn't too old right?!?!? ;) moms tend to put all our time into other areas of our lives without taking time for ourselves. It doesn't make you better person to keep giving from an empty bucket...Christ calls us to give with a thankful heart, a full heart. 

I am so thankful to have a close group of friends that are honest, loving, and most importantly CHRIST following Mamas. They love their husband and children but they LOVE me and I LOVE them!!! #canIgetanamenforthat Accountability sometimes stinks a little but it keeps us moving forward as well! 

I encourage you to make sure you are making time for those people, even those ones that aren't your "usual comfort zone." After all...we don't want to be caught standing still! 

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