Wednesday, February 01, 2012



Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)

6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Serving is not an option, it's a command. You would think by looking around  many of our churches today that serving was optional, as our churches are filled with people who simply "attend" and do not "participate" and who warm pews instead of warming up their gifts God has given them.
One of the biggest problems facing the church besides satan and the world, is I think apathy from church members, I hate to even call them members, because they really are more attenders than members, being called a member implies you are an "active" part of the organization, or in christians terms,  part/member of the body of Christ.
The problem is church is we got a body that only a few of the parts are working and moving, and the rest leave the body crippled or lame because they are not doing their part or fuction in the body.  We need ALL parts/members of the body to be working, serving, and moving together with the rest of the body, so that the whole body is working properly and truly giving glory to the head of the body, Jesus Christ!
If you confess christianity, attending church is not an option, you need to be a part of the body. If you are a christian, then participating and serving in the body is not an option, you need to do your part.  We are all gifted by God in different ways and with different talents, but talent un-used is talent wasted, and servants that are not serving are hurting the body and holding the body back.
The question is not whether you serve or not, but where you serve and how!  Serving is not an option for the Christian.  We cannot just only attend services and bible studies,  we need teachers, nursery workers, greeters, children and youth workers, administrators, leaders, singers, custodians, prayers, encouragers, and the list of serving positions and places to serve are endless in a church.
Here is what happens, when you don't serve. You got a hand trying to do the job of a foot, or an ear trying to do the job of a toe.  Or better yet, you got a foot trying to do 10 other jobs in the body, when they are only gifted to be a foot.  
You have one person in many churches doing the work of 5 or 10 people because no one will get up, step up, and serve.  I got news for you, God is not honored by attenders, pew sitters, and do-lessness.  He is honored by sincere service, workers, and people using the talents He gave you for the sole purpose of using for His kingdom and His glory.
My challenge for you today is SERVE!  Get to work!  Take the burden off the few in your church who is doing all the work, and do your part in the body of Christ! 
1 Corinthians 12:27(NIV)
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

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