What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision?
Thoughts for Today:I think this is the error Paul corrects in Galatians 6:15, "Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation." Paul explains: "There is no value in circumcision -- it is a symbolic act -- what matters to God is the heart." Circumcision doesn't make a man a Jew anymore than attending church makes someone a Christian. We should not be confused -- church membership alone does not assure we are saved (nor is it a condition of salvation) -- it is however representative of our obedience to God once we have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.
I read a study once which indicated approximately 35-40% of people who attend church each Sunday are not believers. How many people do you think attend our church each week and assume their presence or membership makes them a Christian? It can happen easily -- a person begins attending church (maybe from an early age), builds friendships, joins a Bible study group, and even serves in ministry. The years go by. However, attending church (without an internal change) does not make a Christian.
Questions to Ponder:If you can't remember ever placing your faith, belief and trust in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior -- do so right now. It is never too late. Are you an attendee or believer? Jesus Christ is calling us individually into a personal and transforming relationship with Him today -- will you answer?