New Membership Orientation
Many organizations that recruit membership will require new members to pledge their loyalty. Members pledge to show dedication and devotion, to be faithful and trustworthy, to demonstrate honor, and even to be obedient and respectful. In return the organization pledges to give the member full access to all of the benefits of the organization to which they are entitled. Membership has its privileges, but it also includes a stated purpose for membership and specific responsibilities. Members are expected to be good representatives of the organization. Those members who want to succeed in their goals with the organization do their best to adopt a new perspective that governs how they view their new position, and new purpose.
The scripture found at 2 Corinthians 5:17, gives us a glimpse of this type of membership in that it also speaks of a new perspective that governs how we view our new position, and new purpose. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (NKJV)
The passage refers to those who are in Christ – those who have asked God for forgiveness of their sin and seek to live for Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus Christ’s sacrificial work on the cross we are redeemed from our former lifestyle and we are forgiven of all our sins. We did nothing to earn this privilege – it is Jesus Christ alone who has secured this new life for us. This message is echoed in 1 Corinthians 1:30 – “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” (NIV)
In Jesus Christ, Christians gain a new perspective. Because of the new life we have in Jesus Christ, old earthly attachments and desires are far less important. We are called to show dedication and devotion to the Savior, to be faithful and trustworthy in our Christian walk, to demonstrate honor and respect toward others, and to be obedient in living out the Word of God. Our attitude must change from a focus of how we are to fit in the current culture to focusing on how we represent the heavenly kingdom. We no longer view the world from a worldly perspective but from a heavenly perspective.
Being in Christ speaks of a new position that includes new purpose and new responsibility. Not just purpose that is added to our current perspective of our reason for being, but purpose that was designed by Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:10) to replace our previous idea of our purpose – the old has passed away.
Our new purpose carries the responsibility of being ambassadors – representatives of the Kingdom of Heaven – behold, the new has come. We gained a new responsibility – not of fitting into the worldly culture around us, but of preaching and teaching the gospel of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-20) so that we may point the way for others to receive the new life in Jesus Christ. Are you living out your new purpose?
The King is coming. Get ready.