Paul wrote lots and lots of letters to churches in some major cities of his day. These churches HAD to have been filled with beggars and poor folks who seemingly had “no life” and lots of time on their hands as well as to professionals and major business men! But Paul didn’t relegate the work of the ministry to those who didn’t have anything better to do, so to speak. He explained that a church is made up of all sorts of body parts and each is expected to do the part for which it is gifted (1 Cor. 12-14).
We are members of a body called Calvary Baptist Church, and no matter how busy our lives seem to be, we are given spiritual gifts that are meant to be used in the church. In the Teens of Faith series through Romans we discussed chapter 12 in which Paul explains a few gifts that ought to be used in service. Thankfully, as we look at a week in the life of our church, we can see multiple hours poured into service; but look at your week’s schedule and add up your time in service. I’m not accusing anyone of anything, but it would do us ALL good if we honestly evaluated our hearts in light of our command to serve.
Every week I praise the Lord for the men who spend hours working with the finances. Ladies and men serve in the kitchen, some come every Friday for cleaning or yard work, and many hours are poured into visits, prayer, study and preparation for Sunday School classes. What a blessing to know that people desire to serve the Lord!
Whether you are an adult, teen or child, if you are interested in being involved, we ALWAYS have ways for you to help out. “Ministry” is not that “little bit of work” that Pastor does a couple times a week… that’s called “preaching.” “Ministry” is done day in and day out, and lots of people just call it “work.” God will abundantly bless your labor. Just this week we have had people volunteer to be involved as music assistants, and starting today will be adding a couple more hours of “busy-ness” to their lives each week. Do YOU think they’re wasting their time, or would you like a chance to get in on “the work of the ministry” as well? (Eph. 4:12) You’re gifted not for your glory but for God’s.