Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.
1 Corinthians 14:12 NIV
“This is the church and this is the steeple. Open the door and see all the people.” This children’s finger play, where you get to wiggle your intertwined fingers in such a way as to make the people inside the church sway with delight, is only half right. The church is not only the building that holds the people, but the church is also the people within the building. The church building may protect the people from the elements outside, but the church community protects the people inside by offering spiritual, emotional, and physical support, as well as providing special services such as weddings, baptisms, and funerals. Members of the church community use their gifts to serve one another.
The book of Acts give a picture of how the very first church community helped simplify people’s lives. Those who were familiar with Jesus teachings shared what they knew with others, helping them grow spiritually. As the first Christians where being persecuted, the church community prayed and provided emotional support. Member of the church also pooled their resources, so they were able to offer necessities like food, and shelter to those in need. This church hand no building. Instead, it was built from living stones, people who built into each other’s lives by sharing of themselves.
Choosing to get involved in a church community helps simplify your life by enabling you to do more that you could do on your own. Involvement requires participation in the church’s ministries – contributing to the benefiting from the church’s fellowship, knowledge, and resources.
Being part of a church is more than being served by others. It is an opportunity for you to use your unique, God-given gifts to simplify the lives of others as well as your own. Examples of these opportunities are choir, food pantry, visitation, greeters, altar guild, and many more. Sunday morning is just the beginning. Even when the church building is closed. God’s Church is Open.
ONE FINAL THOUGHT
The church community is made up of unique individuals who help simplify each other’s lives by using the gifts to serve one another.
Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
Hebrews 10:24-25 NASB
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