All hands on deck!
Do you attend church, or any form of Christian Fellowship?
Many times in our congregations, only a few people work or commit themselves to service. This results in a few people getting overworked. There is so much to do, and everyone has to find their place.
This is not new as we can see from scripture:
Philippians 2: 25 - 30
25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.
27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.
29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:
30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.
Epaphroditus overworked himself to compensate for what others did not do. Does this sound familiar? Is this why some Christians go to church but never have a chance to sit down and listen to the message? Always serving in one capacity or another because others are not volunteering.
Overworking can have detrimental effects on people. One way this can be avoided is everyone finds their place and helps out.
So what are you dong to help others? What service are you providing to the body of Christ? We should do whatever we are led to so, and lift up the arms of others.
Lets not leave all the work of ministry and church to just a handful of people. Everyone should find their place.
Ephesians 4: 16
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
7/10/2013 07:44:38 am
As you said, this has always been a problem in the Christian church. Too many churchgoers view church attendance as an ends, but it is to be a means--a means to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.
7/10/2013 02:24:21 pm
Thanks Pastor Franks. Well said. God bless!
15/10/2013 07:28:00 am
This is so true, Bisi. It is a very sad reality. I loved what you named this post: all hands on deck! God wants us to share the load of serving one another and in that we are blessed. When we reach out to others, it brings more blessings back on us because God is pleased. Of course we don't do it for that reason, but God blesses. Thanks for the difficult topic. blessings, Amy
15/10/2013 01:36:56 pm
Thanks Amy for your comments. God bless
15/10/2013 02:12:15 pm
An encourager, arm lifter and exhorter are some of my giftings and I love the way God makes opportunity for me because He knows I am willing to speak the truth in love. We won't grow weary in well doing when He empowers us with His mighty strength! How exciting it is that God has long ago planned good works for us to walk in!
19/10/2013 01:24:03 pm
Thanks Jeannie for your comments.
21/10/2013 02:11:43 pm
Thanks Florence for sharing your experience and for your comments. God bless
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