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There is a vast difference between “membership” and “discipleship.” Many of us are members, but few are disciples. I remember hearing discussions pertaining to “dues paying” members when I came to Bethlehem more than 37 years ago. As disciples, we don’t pay dues — we offer God a holy and acceptable sacrifice. There are no conditions for discipleship; however, churches have different criteria for membership. Prayerfully, we have all moved from membership to discipleship. In Colossians 1:28, we find these words:

“So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.”

Paul is writing about the privilege of discipleship. He is aware of the various levels of spiritual growth, and desires for weak believers to become stronger in their faith. Christian discipleship requires discipline, surrender, denial and faithfulness. Each of us should ask ourselves, “Have I come to the point in my life that I have moved from membership into discipleship? Am I willing to go all of the way with the Lord?”  Prayerfully, we can answer both questions with a resounding “Yes!”