Our Responsibility as Parts of Christ's Church
Are you functioning as a healthy member of Christ's church?
For just a moment remember that there are no less than twelve metaphors in God's Word for the Church. Each metaphor is a powerful way for us to see how God looks upon us who are Christ's church.
God uses these metaphors to help us understand our responsibilities as believers. He wants us to apply each of the truths revealed by these descriptions of the church into our daily lives. We often need to be reminded about:
Our Responsibilities to Christ's Church
We as members of Christ's church are:
- His TEMPLE: Knowing that God looks on Christ's church as God's new temple—should increase our awareness of God's very presence dwelling in our midst as we meet.
I Peter 2:5 "you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
I am Christ's Temple. I should want to grow in my awareness of living in His Holy Presence. That is what happens as we read His Word if we bow first in adoration and whisper a prayer of seeking Him.
Have you personally sought your God, this week, in His Word?
- His PRIEST: Knowing that God looks on Christ's church as a priesthood—should help us to see more clearly the delight God has in the sacrifices of praise and good deeds that we offer to Him.
Hebrews 13:15-16 "Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased."
I am part of Christ's Priesthood. I should want to delight in offering the sacrifices He desires. Have you thanked God for eyes to see with, ears to hear with, feet that walk, a mind that still functions? Offer Him the sacrifice of thanks for sins forever gone, of hope that is endless, of joy that never runs out. And then pick someone to "do good and to share" with.
We all need to be spiritual Boy Scouts, each doing a "good deed" for others each week. And then, each day, and then all day long. God wants us 100% employed as His Priests.
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