As Christians, we are the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). Individually, we have gifts to use to benefit the kingdom. But just as the members of the human body work together to accomplish greater tasks, so should we as the body of Christ. We weren’t all given the same talents, nor do we have the same calling. Instead, He called us to different things, to use different talents. And we should work together as one cohesive unit to bring about His work.
Not only are we members of the body of Christ, we are members of our church body (whether you are a member of your church or not). And, as a member of the body, we should do more than just attend. Yes, church attendance is important. Serving in the church is also important. But we are also supposed to do more.
As the church, we need to do more than just attend.
Now, I do not think you have to go to every service, every function, every special event your church holds. I know some people do not agree with me on this. Some people firmly believe you must be in the church every time the doors are open to really be a Christian. However, we should go as much as we possibly can. We need every bit of Jesus we can get in these dark times. And, sometimes, the only way to do this is to hear teaching, preaching, and fellowship with like-minded believers.
We need to connect with other believers. “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). We need to connect so that we can “sharpen” one another. Connecting outside the church means we are more connected within the church. And beyond that. When we connect with other Christians, we are able to pray for one another and help each other bear burdens (Galatians 6:2). Keep in mind we aren’t just here for ourselves. Even Jesus, Son of God and man, served others. Sometimes we forget we aren’t here just to grow ourselves.
But what I’m talking about is not how much you attend church. Nor that you attend (but I think you should). What I mean is what are you doing outside the 4 walls of your church? What have you done lately to attend to the needs of the church body? And, listen, stay a home mommy, I feel you. You have littles running around, dishes to be washed, a laundry mountain to fold and put away (or is that just me?) and I get all of that. But there’s something you can do, easily. How about when meal prepping, add a meal for a widow in the church? You don’t have to have a lot of extra cash lying around to donate items to a women’s or homeless shelter.
Sometimes we forget the little things. The disciples didn’t have money (one of m favorite scriptures is when Peter told them he had no silver or gold…) but they had prayers. They healed in Jesus name. Had faith. They went visiting people, praying for them, helping them.
Whether you realize it or not, you have God given talents. He gave you these for a purpose. I wish mine was singing, but it’s definitely not. Unfortunately. Are you a good listener? Teacher? You have a purpose. Often we use these talents for our own pleasure, sometimes for money. But what we need to do is use these talents to grow the church. Whether it’s witnessing to people and bringing them into the church or helping mentor someone already in the church your talents can grow and strengthen the church. And really, that’s what we need to do. Grow.
A healthy body fights off infection better than one weak. When we, as the body of Christ, are strong we are able to resist the enemy better than when we are weak. If we are bickering among one another, lack compassion for our brothers and sisters, and don’t reach out to help others, we are more vulnerable to attack. However, if we are unified, helping one another, praying for one another and using our talents to serve one another then we can stand. Stand in one united front, better able to ward off an attack.
When we put our talent to good use and work together to strengthen one another, then we present a unified front that others want to know more about. However, when we bicker amongst ourselves, neglect each other, and fail to help others, we aren’t showing the world anything they want to be part of. Why would anyone want to be like us when we argue about petty things that don’t matter? Or when we use our talents to hurt, rather than help one another? We should help our church and those who need Jesus, rather than focus on negative things.
So what are you doing for the church? Could you do more? I know I could. I know I’ve sat comfortably on the pew without doing much else. Missed opportunities to encourage my sister in Christ because I was too afraid to step out in faith. Afraid of rejection. But I also know this is something I need to do more of. I can’t be a light shining if I keep my candle hidden from the world. For far too many years, I thought attendance was enough. Because when all it’s all over, I’d rather hear “Well done” than anything else.