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You Before Me Because We Are Family

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"But it should not be that way with you. Whoever wants to be your leader must be your servant. Whoever wants to be first must serve the rest of you like a slave. Do as I did: The Son of Man did not come for people to serve Him. He came to serve others and to give His life to save many people.”   Matthew 20:26-28

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I love this picture and if any picture was worth a thousand words it would be this one. We’ve been thinking over the last several weeks about what it means to be a church member. We know that as a part of the body of Christ you have a unique role to fulfill within it’s function, but do you really treasure that role?

We tend to treasure what we see as a gift. When we first heard the good news that our sins could be blotted out because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary, we were told it was a gift. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”(Ephesians 2:8) “For the wages of sin death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) The good news became good new for us the moment we turned from our sins, that condemned us to hell, and embraced the gift of salvation by faith. This gift is something we treasure and share with all who will listen.

The problem in the church today is that many see salvation as a gift but not being members of the church as a gift. “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Romans 8:14-15) “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27) Being adopted into this body should be a gift that is treasured just as much as the gift of salvation.

Of course our response to what we treasure should be one of appreciation. After all what we treasure and appreciate we wont take for granted. You say, “How can I truly show my appreciation for being adopted into the family of God?” According to our text taking on the attitude of Christ and serving others as He came to do is the command. It is only fitting that we serve not only the giver of eternal life but the family of the giver as well.

Some might still be wondering how one might tie serving in the local church to appreciating the gift of salvation and adoption into the family of God. When it comes to serving some have the attitude of a diva thinking it’s all about what others can do for them. However, it is out of the joy that comes from receiving these gifts that we gladly put others first and serve the body, not out of any legalistic requirement, but out of a desire to be more like Christ. This is truly the supernatural component to our spiritual transformation, a death to self and a desire to allow Christ to live His life through me. Nothing says I am a part of the family and grateful than a desire to serve others in the church.

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