Live, Christian, Live

The excuses that many church members give for not being actively involved as witnesses for Jesus Christ are many and varied. They may range from lack of ability to physical infirmity. Some seem to feel their role is unimportant in the church and still others say they are just too busy to get involved. 

The Apostle Paul speaks to this issue: But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”  No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually” (1 Corinthians 12:20-27, NKJV).

Every believer is an essential part of the body.  The Lord designed the Church so that each person is important and needed for the fulfillment of its calling. The dramatic drop in church attendance and the decline of the church’s influence in our society reflect the unwillingness of increasing numbers of church members to be involved. They renege as witnesses and advocates for Jesus Christ. Scores of church members are choosing the role of spectator rather than participant.

Many years of ministry in the beautiful country of Jamaica etched countless memories in my mind. One recollection relates to this devotional. The following song still rings in my mind:

                        Live, Christian, live
                        Live a life of holiness
                        If you cannot preach, you can live
                        If you cannot sing, you can live
                        You cannot hide from the face of the Lord
                        So you must live, Christian, live
                        Live a life of holiness

If Christians default on their responsibility to be Christ’s witnesses, the message He came to bring to us can disappear in one generation. There are roles every believer must fill if they are to be obedient to the Christ’s directives and if the Church is to thrive.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, NKJV).

~ Brother Roy

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