“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
Multitudes of Christians are growing every day from ministries through media, and that’s okay, as it’s an excellent way to continue to stretch their faith. However, it can’t replace the local church for believers. Churches aren’t buildings made of brick or stone. It is the living body of Jesus Christ that represents Him until He returns to the earth. The church isn’t made up of perfect people, but of people being perfected in the faith. Let’s look at the top ten reasons Christians should be actively engaged in church ministries:
#1) Being a part of a church is an act of obedience to God’s Word ~ “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)
#2) Being a part of the church helps you to grow in the faith ~ “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth.”
(2 Thessalonians 1:3)
#3) Being a part of the church gives you opportunity to use your spiritual gifts ~ “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
(1 Peter 4:10)
#4) Being a part of the church allows you to receive prayer when you need it ~ “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”
#5) Being a part of the church gives opportunity to worship together in unity ~
“This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord.” (Psalms 102:18)
#6) Being a part of the church provides a chance for you to give to others ~
“Brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; how that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.”
(2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
#7) Being a part of the church grows an awareness of the suffering of others ~ “Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (1 Peter 5:9)
#8) Being a part of the church strengthens your witness of evangelism ~ “And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” (Jude 23)
#9) Being a part of the church gives you an opportunity to pray for others ~ “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16)
#10) Being a part of the church encourages your heart when you feel low ~ “But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:13)
Do you realize that believers should not have to look beyond the church and the body of Christ to have their needs met? We are meant to be a self-sustaining body. And believers must commit to give of themselves on behalf of others always ….
For example, a man determines to pray and struggle alongside a hurting brother until the burdensome situation is resolved or peace returns… or a woman makes herself available to answer a new Christian’s questions about the weekly sermon; the two ladies then search the bible and fill their minds with Scripture. And there are countless other ways to serve and bless others, such as driving an elderly member to the service, visiting with a lonely widow, or perhaps visiting a weary single mom and simply listening to her concerns ….
Before you become overwhelmed by the variety of needs in your church, let me remind you that loving each other is meant to be a body-wide effort, and let us not forget ~ it is a commandment, not a suggestion. Certainly one person cannot meet every need. But suppose you commit to serving just a small group of folks whom God brings into your sphere of influence. Everyday someone crosses your path giving you opportunity to bless, serve, or witness. If, in order to care for them, you surrender self-focused preferences about resources and time, the Lord will bless you with more joy and contentment than you’ve ever known ….
To serve others before serving yourself is to practice authentic Christianity. I’m certain that if believers commit to meeting as many needs as the Lord brings to their attention, then a lazy church can be transformed, becoming a true body of believers who function together for the glory of God ….
“And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.”
“Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
In closing, remember; serving anyone isn’t about an income, or even a lot of effort. Blessing someone; in or out of the church, does not always require money. There are many ways to be of service and represent the body of Christ and show His love. As it is written: “and above all things have fervent love among yourselves: for love shall cover the multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8). We are a light and a beacon which points the way, and our actions ~ not our words, will often draw people in more effectively than a sermon. Jesus said, “Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:19-20), and therefore, we should allow other to witness our fruits (our actions) before we attempt to preach a word ~ “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16).
God bless you this week. Go about mindful of the small ways in which you may bless someone this week. No random act of kindness goes unnoticed by our Lord and He will honor you in return ….
Let us pray ~
Loving Lord and Heavenly Father, thank You for the work in ministering to others that You in kindness have placed me. Father there are many challenges and many temptations in the ministry into which You have seen fit to place me, and I pray that in all things You would give me wisdom, discernment, integrity and a humility that only comes from You. Keep me from being influenced by the flattering tongues of men and women, and keep me ever mindful that this is not my exclusive ministry; but simply the place that You have seen fit to place me for the time-being.
Help me to use my time wisely, and to be prudent in the way I spend ministry resources, and keep me in the road of righteousness, for His names sake, I pray.
Dear Lord, I haven’t been consistently committed to a local ministry and I have been lacking in my committment to serve and bless others. I repent and ask that You will lead me to the best place where I can serve you and your people in the grace given to me each day. All this I ask in the holy name of Jesus,
God is with us …..