This past year, I decided our church would be able to carry on its mission with two clergy instead of three. And while, at times, this has been a real stretch, Pastor Kit and I have been able to make it work. But in order for this to happen, our laity have taken on more responsibility. This has been good and bad.
The good is now, our laity are taking much more visible roles than in the past. In fact, our Lay Servants have become the true lynch pin for many of our church’s ministries. This has been wonderful.
But it hasn’t always been peaches and cream.
Two weeks ago, I unexpectedly ended up in the emergency room. That’s because getting older isn’t for sissies.
Realizing I would not be able to teach the Thursday Bible Study, I called one of our Lay Servants. Sandra graciously agreed to teach. I knew she would be good. I just didn’t know how great she would be.
This past Thursday, before the bible study began, everyone in the class made the point of telling me what a “GREAT” job Sandra had done and how they would never forget Numbers 11. Each of them made it a point of making sure I knew Sandra’s teaching had truly inspired them.
At first, I was really pleased, but as Sandra’s name continued to come up, I began to get a little irritated. I got the distinct impression the class was trying to tell me something.
This got me thinking.
The ministry of the church is not a solo affair. In order to make everything work and effectively engage the world, it requires all hands on deck. And no matter how mundane the job may be, in God’s economy, everything we do in His name is of equal value.
How are you serving in our church? And for those of you that are reading this devotional but are members of another church, how are you serving in your church?
While our culture teaches us that we are to be served, Christians have a different view. We know part of living a complete, fulfilled life is to give ourselves back to the One who saved us. This means serving.
That’s what Jesus meant by saying, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good portion—packed down, firmly shaken, and overflowing—will fall into your lap. The portion you give will determine the portion you receive in return.”(Luke 6:38)
For your own sake and the sake of the church, find a way to serve. It matters.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, today I offer myself to you without reservation, hesitation, or procrastination. Please use me for your purpose. I want to serve. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
You church needs you.
Also, just for the record, because I am petty and insecure, I will need someone else to volunteer to teach when I am unavailable. Sandra’s too good.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.