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September 17, 2007


For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…

--Romans 12:4-6


Everybody is somebody 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 force 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. That 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 up 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!



make yourself available to god through service


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