“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:” John 1:12 (Italics mine).
“And all that believed were together, and had all things common;” Acts2:44
It’s awesome if you’ll think of it deeply. Being joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:16, 17). Truly heaven bound. Saved by grace through faith. Awesome indeed. Because of this salvation that we possess, we have a tool to face this life’s hardships and happy moments as days go by. Why? It’s not pride. It’s son-ship.
It’s also awesome to have genuine fellowship with fellow believers in Christ, be it in your own local church or with other church with likeminded faith. You speak the language unbelievers don’t understand. It’s not pride that some societies try to instill. It’s brotherhood.
Sad as it may seem, we tend to take these two things for granted once we had them, and especially when we have them for so long. Even most especially, we take these things for granted if we practically grew up hearing these two things (son-ship and membership). We let our old sin nature stand in our way hence we take these two things for granted.
How are we unintentionally (or worst, intentionally) taking our membership for granted? I don’t know how many, but one of them is being a snub, intentionally a snub. We’re battle scarred with the hardships of this world, being pilgrims. You go to the church. Human beings are social beings; next to God, we need other human to survive and be sane. It is head shaking to see people snub other people inside the church for no particular reason. Yeah, they’re just being natural. Wait, so that means I can just kick someone’s sides and justify it as “old nature”? Definitely, unless you have numerous “defenders of the universe”, you’ll not do it. Yes, at the end of the day, it’s our choice whether will crack under pressure. You can’t put Hebrews 12:2 as a sort of excuse to all newcomers every time an ingrate acts in a “devil may care” manner, be it outwardly or subtly. After all, other aspect of fellowship is rebuke. Another thing we do that indicates the lack for appreciation of our son-ship and fellowship is spreading rumors and hate.
Sometimes, I can’t help but think, “what if there came to a point that they will be intentionally ignored by almost 100 people all at once, and most of them are your friends? What if you can’t come in to the place that matter to you?” Yes indeed. What if you wake up one day with your membership, and even son-ship, gone? Remember, when God gives statements, He will make sure you’ll feel it.
It’s quite envious to see people not making any effort to change, just doing their stuff. After all, they’re not kick outs. Bluntly but out of love, I say this: you’re taking your son-ship for granted.
The point of all this hammer pounding? Let’s not take our membership and sonship for granted. Take advantage of fellowship. Get involve. Take time to talk to some brothers and sisters; you’ll learn from them.
Have a nice day…or night.