Summary: We tend to think we go to church only to get, but in truth, we go to church to give. We don't go to church, we are the church and each member is valuable and needed.
Just as it takes every ligament to hold a physical body together, it takes each member in the body of Christ to do their part in order for the church to be strong and hold together. When each part functions the body grows and stays strong. When a part of the physical body fails to function or is cut, the body is no longer complete, therefore cannot operate the same as a body that has all working parts. The same goes with the body of Christ. When a member of the body of Christ decides he/she is no longer needed or wants to operate independently, growth of the body is stunted.
The body of Christ is made of individual Christians who are diverse in tastes, appearance, and gifts. The great thing about God’s church is that unity does not demand uniformity. The most beautiful illustrations of unity are when diverse people unite under the power of the Holy Spirit to work together for the good of God’s kingdom. Consider the twelve men Jesus chose for His earthly ministry. Could it have been a more diverse group? What was Jesus teaching us in His choice of these various persons; impulsive fishermen, despised tax collectors, political zealots?
What about the people God has chosen to be a part of the ministry of this church?
Your Church Needs You.
Some of you remember those World War II posters of a stern Uncle Sam pointing out at you and saying, “Uncle Sam wants you!” or “Your country needs you!”
Many folks responded to that challenge, going to work or to fight for their country even though they knew it would mean personal sacrifice and change of priorities. They responded because they believed in the cause they were fighting for. Do you believe in the cause your fighting for?
As Christians we are challenged to discover that same kind of commitment to step up and serve the church. We must accept the challenge God is giving us and recommit lives to being obedient servants in the church and for the church. It’s time to respond to the call of Jesus as He points His finger and says to you, “Jesus wants you!” or “Your church needs you!”
Remember your promises.
When we answered the call of Christ, we agreed to offer our lives in service to Him and to the church. Jesus prepares us by telling us it will not be easy, but He also promises that He will be with us and not forsake us. He is faithful to his word. This church has experienced several problems in the recent past and is still going through difficult times. But now is not the time to lose courage. Jesus Christ created the church, and through the work of committed Christians who loved God and chose to serve Christ many years ago, Jesus Christ built this church. And I know without a shadow of a doubt, that He does not intend to abandon us. The church is the bride of Christ and it’s a marriage intended to last…“till death do us part.” Jesus will not abandon us, nor will He allow the relationship to end. “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.”