1 Corinthians 12:25-27 (AMPC)
25 So that there should be no division or discord or lack of adaptation [of the parts of the body to each other], but the members all alike should have a mutual interest in and care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the parts [share] the suffering; if one member is honored, all the members [share in] the enjoyment of it. 27 Now you [collectively] are Christ’s body and [individually] you are members of it, each part severally and distinct [each with his own place and function].
Membership is vitally important in a local church because it deals with identity, commitment, responsibility, and accountability. Membership embraces involvement and dedication to the vision and the mission of the family they are joined to.
Members are responsible and accountable to their shepherds of the church, as well as to the rest of the body. The shepherds likewise are responsible for their flock. They are to minister and adequately equip them for the works of service.
Shepherds of the Word of God need to know who their sheep are in order to be able to minister to them effectively. Members also need to know who their shepherd is and be able to approach him/her when the need arises.
Shepherds are responsible for those God has given them to shepherd and not necessarily everyone else. Jesus said to the Father ” I do not pray for the world but for those whom you have given me.
Shepherds, I urge you look for people who are loyal, faithful, and committed. These are the kind of people you can build on. These are the kind of people God builds on. Either these noble traits are ripe and in evidence, or they carry the hidden potential seed thereof. Be sensitive and willing to find Simons and walk with them in their journey in becoming Peters. Peter is a wonderful example to us of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, which can change a blundering and impulsive fisherman into a powerful apostle, the rock, in which Jesus established His Church.
Members, I encourage you, if you know God has placed in your local church as 1 Corinthians 12:18 (NKJV) declares that: “…God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.” Stay committed, stay invested and stay faithful to your spiritual oversight, brethren, and family God has placed you in. If you have yet to find such a spiritual home, pray and ask God open your eyes and heart to the one of His choosing.