Last week I wrote an article on why people should not be afraid to say “no” to activities that may not be what the Lord wants. In all honesty, that was written to the 20% off those in assembly fellowship who do 80% of the work. While those percentages may not match exactly your situation, it’s fair to say that most churches have a core group of men and women who do the lion’s share of the work.
This is for all the rest
So to the rest of those people who are content to watch the core group do most of the work, please read on. Much like a sporting event where the majority of people watch the players on the field or court, believers tend to let others do the work if they don’t have to. As an elder I find it frustrating when many people treat the church like a hobby.
The attitude can often be seen visibly. The attitude that puts priorities on many things above the church: family, entertainment, sleep, sports, music, work and social activities.
Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. Romans 13:11
There is much work to do
The cold, hard reality is that in order to sustain the work of a local church, many people need to be involved. Here’s a list of just a few things that take place in the church context:
- youth work
- building maintenance
- financial tasks
- music (song leading and musicians)
- event setup and cleanup
I could go on and on. What is sad to me is that for many people, their goal in attending a church is to get and not to give. They come when they “feel like it”, they help out if it’s convenient and they will give financially after they have spent on themselves in the things they enjoy. In essence, the church is just another item on the to-do list.
Unfortunately for those “on the fringe”, they are missing out on something special. I can’t even begin to describe to you the joy from a deep commitment to the church. Yes, there are struggles, frustrations and at times, hurts. But God’s people are precious. They are family. They are loved by a good and kind Father. They are brothers and sisters.
Why you should say Yes to the church
Here are some simple reasons you should consider saying yes to the church and get more involved.
- The Lord expects it. God has gifted you with a special ministry within the local body. “It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.” 1 Corinthians 12:11
- The church needs you. God wants you to build others up. “Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12
- Serving helps you grow. As we serve others in the body we grow to maturity. “This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.” Ephesians 4:13
- Serving builds strong relationships. The more we spend time together for the Lord, the stronger our relationships will be. “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” Ephesians 4:16
Are you a spectator or a player in the game? If you are sitting on the sidelines, then know that God wants to use you as part of the team. He wants to train you and give you special role to fulfill within the body of Christ. Don’t hold back any longer – say Yes!