As I said last week, I have literally grown up in church. Let me be quick to say that the blessings of being a born-again member of Christ’s church far outweigh the negatives. Having said that, I have seen, not only my own sinful, selfish heart, but have seen deceptive hearts on display in the lives of others that in some cases would make a sailor blush! Personally, I believe too often a carnal Christian is worse to deal with than an unbeliever (Galatians 5:15-21). To recount what I have seen in my lifetime is not necessary here, so let’s turn our focus to how can we can be godly church members.
Quite frankly, the answer is simple and found in Colossians 1:18, And he (Christ) is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. When you view everything that happens in the local church through the lens of Christ, it puts everything in the right perspective. He is to always have first place. The Christ in us (Colossians 1:27) sings; the Christ in us worships; the Christ in us shakes hands; the Christ is us responds to that offense; the Christ in us prays; the Christ in us teaches that Sunday School class; the Christ in us looks for the lost and shares the gospel; the Christ in us allows others to exercise their liberty as believer priests; the Christ in us does not leave the church over preferences; the Christ in us is patient and kind to others; the Christ in us speaks to one another; the Christ in us is firm when necessary; the Christ in us serves one another.
If it were not for the Lord Jesus Christ, the local church would not exist. We would be lost in our sinful condition and estranged from God forever. So, may Christ be first in your local church by you submitting to His Lordship, coming to know Christ each day through His Word, and making sure that the world and the person next to you in the pew sees Christ and not you. Paul wraps it up in his words to the church at Corinth, But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3). Looking forward to seeing Christ this Sunday in the pew, nursery, sound room, foyer, Sunday School class, auditorium, choir, parking lot, office, gym, etc. May the following chorus ring true in the Church today!
Show us Christ, show us Christ,
O God, reveal Your glory
Through the preaching of Your Word
Until every heart confesses Christ is Lord.