Should the Church
Expect of Me?
Last week I focused on things that you and I should expect from the church. Today, let’s turn the attention to ourselves. What should the church, and Christ who is the head of the church, be able to expect from individual Christians?
First of all we’ve got to understand that in order to be added to the church, or body, of Christ, we must “gladly receive the word” in faith, repentance of sins, confession of Jesus Christ as Lord, and be baptism for remission of sins (Acts 2:38, 41, 47). Only after obeying God in these things, can one truly be added to the Lord’s church.
But when we become members of the church, we are committing to a lifetime of service for the Lord, and certain things are expected of God’s people. The church should expect every member to attend all church services. All Christians should be able to expect exhortation from the church, and one way this is achieved is through the faithful attendance of all Christians (Heb. ).
The church should be able to expect each Christian to be a hard worker. Paul encouraged the Christians at Corinth to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (I Cor 15:58). There is no place in God’s family for one who is self-seeking, and who fails to be busy in the Father’s business.
The church should be able to expect me to live in such a way that the Lord and His body of believers can be proud of me. I must be aware that my life reflects either positively or negatively on the church. Every Christian is a representative of the church. Like it or not, people will judge the church by the lives of its members, therefore we must be careful to “walk properly toward those who are outside” (I Thess ). What kind of representation of the church do you show to others? Can the church be proud of you?