Most of you who are reading this post will know the answer to this question. If you’ve found your way to this blog through a search engine like Google, then you may possibly be feeling guilty that you’re in a church and you’re taking a back seat and letting everyone else get on with the hard graft. Others of you may just have become a Christian. You’re new to all this stuff, and so you want to know how you can put your faith in to practice in terms of making it alive and real, and reaching out to others who don’t know Jesus yet, and to help bless and serve your church family.
I’ve blogged on the Church family before, but I focussed on a somewhat different matter there. Today, I’m going to say a few things about serving in church, and I hope you find this useful.
Does the idea that “every member is a minister” or “every sheep is a shepherd” free us to serve and express our gifts or does it hinder us in our service to others?
Now, two things.
Number one. As I said, the Church is the Body of Christ. There is no room for not serving. Yet we can over serve. When a body gets tired, it rests. So if you’re over serving, please, sit down and have a rest. Even Jesus rested don’t you know! It’s important that when we’re pouring out blessing on others and on our church that we stop and get refueled and refilled by the Spirit. We can’t do that if were constantly giving and don’t allow the Spirit time to fill us again. It also doesn’t happen if we stop hanging out with Jesus in a relaxed atmosphere. If you’re overdoing it – PLEASE stop. Tell your pastor/minister/vicar whatever. Get someone else to do the job while you relax.
Number two. It’s up to you to get in on the fun! You’ll find that serving Christ by serving others is a wonderful thing and it will richly bless you. As one famous saying puts it, “come a part, or come apart”. You get what I’m saying don’t you? If you don’t get involved, you’ll cut yourself off from your fellow Christians, and you will find it increasingly harder to live the fulfilled Christian life that Jesus wants for you. Because we’re not called to be Christians on our own! We’re part of a family. And also, please, if you do want to be a part of the body, then choose a useful part. By that, I don’t mean choosing to be the appendix. You know who you are. You’re the part of the body who is a part, because you attend all the meetings and the fellowship stuff, but when it gets down to hard work and sacrificial serving, you’re no use, because you don’t really want to serve. As you know, the appendix is a part of the body, but the appendix can become a right pain in the backside, and if the pain comes and it’s left untreated, it can start to destroy and cripple the body as a whole.
I hope this has helped some of you. It’s certainly been a reminder to myself. Let’s get onto these appaling stats and let’s everyone serve in whichever way they can.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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