September 16, 2008
For the body does not consist of one member but of many. But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
--1 Corinthians 12:14,18
You have a job to do in the body of Christ. Every member is a minister. You don’t have to resign from your job for God to have a ministry for you.
And when we work together, cooperating in God’s church among God’s people, the impact is amazing.
Now, Nehemiah leaves a very sad commentary in Nehemiah chapter 3 when he talks about a group of people called the Tekoites. These people were farmers who helped repair the wall of Jerusalem. In Nehemiah 3:5, Nehemiah says, “And next to them the Tekoites repaired, but their nobles would not stoop to serve their Lord.”
The nobles thought they were too good! They wouldn’t stoop down. They didn’t want to get their hands dirty. They thought they were above working on a wall, just shoving bricks around. So what did they do? They sat out while others worked!
It’s always been an amazing thing to me that some believers watch while others work. How some believers sit while others serve! To me, a non-serving Christian is a contradiction in terms.
Perhaps today, you’d admit that you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, watching while others get their hands dirty doing the work of the Lord. And who knows, maybe you have a list a mile long as to why you’re not involved in some kind of ministry in your church or elsewhere. Or maybe you don’t think there’s a place of ministry for you.
If so, I want to ask you to perform an experiment this week. I want you to call your church and ask them if they need help in any area of ministry. Whether it’s ushering, parking cars, working with children, or sweeping floors, just ask if there’s some place where they need help. If you do this, I can promise you that God will use you in a mighty way… a way you never thought possible!
In addition to that, I’m confident that God will bless your life as you make yourself available in service to Him.
GET IN THE GAME! SERVE SOMEONE IN CHRIST’S NAME THIS WEEK.