“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
Everyone falls into one of these categories: Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher. As Christians we have been called by Christ to help mature the body, the body being the church. We all have a roll in our church that will make the church better at it’s mission to show the world Christ's love.
The word Church actually comes from a Greek root word that was a council. The council would go outside of the city and meet talking about principles, culture and so on. They would then come back into the city to disperse these new ideas. As Christian we go out away from culture to church, to learn new principles and relationships, so that we are equipped to take the message to the world. You have a special part in that. Whether it be teaching a class, helping set up or tear down, smiling and greeting people as they enter in, or serving through specific ministries, etc. Whatever it maybe it is very important to the development of the church and how well we are able to equip ourselves and newcomers to go out into the world and shine the light for Christ. All jobs and skills have eternal significance. Not one is more important than the other.
You may think that you are only affecting yourself when you do not take an active roll in the church. This is actually very false. You are unique and have a skill or niche that no one else on the planet can do quite like you. Someone in the church needs that specifically from you! The way that you greet someone may not be very special to you but it could have an eternal significance on someone's soul that walks through the door.
If you have not found a place to take an active roll in your church, I challenge to find your spot. Talk with a pastor or friend that could help find that spot. It is for the body of Christ, but again like we said in the previous devotions if you live for others the blessings will be abundant.
Take time to reflect on these questions
What is unique about you that could help the church?
What will be your first step to taking an active roll in the church?
If you have been in church for 20 years without serving that’s ok, but don’t let it get to 21. Get it involved today!