Recently I have been involved in two occasions in this congregation that profoundly touched meVacation Bible School and Community Outreach Day. What deeply touched me was the sight of so many different members (from teens to elderly!) who were involved. In a real way, the success of each occasion was the result of so many members being involved.
This is in no way a derogatory comment on our many other ministries. I feel more than confident that every ministry leader quickly would say the effectiveness of the ministry depends on a broad-based involvement and the contributions of many members willing to do what they can. In the two mentioned, the involvement of many members with differing abilities was quite visible. Always, it is a matter of functionnot competition!
I am always amazed to note how much is accomplished when members do what they are capable of doing--with no thought about who is and is not visible. Yet, why should that be amazing? That is what scripture said 2,000 years ago.
First, Christians need the Lords concept of church. While the word church is a specific religious word now, that was not so in the first century. The word church existed before Jesus Christ was born or the Christian movement began. It simply meant those called out to fulfill a specific purpose. Christians are Gods called out dedicated to Gods objectives in righteous lifestyles through Jesus Christ. They do good works, not to exalt themselves, but to give glory to God (Matthew 5:16).
The church is not a building. It is not a location. It is not a collection of programs existing because that is what a church does. It is not an organizational chart declaring who has the right to control. It is a group of people who serve together because, in a common love for Jesus Christ, they are committed to Gods purposes and each other.
Second, Christians need to realize no Christian can do everything, but every Christian can do something. Wise is the congregation that makes it natural for all its members to be involved in ways they are capable of serving! The key to congregational success is not letting someone we consider a superior Christian with extraordinary abilities carry everyone else, but the key is encouraging all of us ordinary folks in Christ to do what we are able to do.
We are a body! In a body fingernails and eyelashes serve important roles to hands and eyes!
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