One of the problems with the church in America is that many Christians view church through the prism of our culture. We live in a culture that is self-centered and self-absorbed. It’s all about me and what is good for me, what will benefit me, what will enrich me, and what will meet my needs. But is that the right model for the church? It’s certainly not the Biblical model.
The church is first and foremost about God (John 4:23-24). It’s what we bring to Him in our lives and in our worship. But there’s more – and here is where we so often miss the point. The church is about the Body. Not just your part of the Body (1 Corinthians 12, the hands, the feet, the eyes etc), but the entire Body. You are part of something much greater than yourself and the Body needs you to function properly.
One of my FB friends, a pastor, posted this statement. Every Sunday at church each person has something to contribute to others and when they’re absent, their words of encouragement and exhortation are absent as well. When you sleep in or choose another activity over being in God’s house someone else misses out!!
That’s the reality of the Body of Christ. How you and I are involved in our church impacts everyone else in the church. It’s not so much what you get out of the service (and I hope you do get something out of the service) as much as it is what you contribute to God and then to the rest of the church. Whether you realize it or not, you minister to other people every Sunday. When you are not there you not only deprive yourself of the opportunity of ministry but you deprive others of the ministry that they may need in their lives – a ministry that only you can give.
God put you in your church for a reason. He has people there that need your ministry. And He’s counting on you to be His hands, His feet, His heart. He’s counting on you to speak words of encouragement to the discouraged; to be an example to the spiritually weak; to pray for those in need; to come alongside those with burdens; to fellowship with the lonely.
There will be someone in your church this week that needs someone to minister to them – and only you can reach into their heart and life.
As we have opportunity, let us do good to all, but especially to those who are of the household of faith (Galatians 6:10).
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