Not a Theatre
Ever felt as though you’re ‘above’ some task at church each week? It’s fair to say that we shouldn’t spread ourselves thin and try to be the hero that upholds the church. The point is that if everyone got stuck in, then our church services would run really well. But, why do we even talk about ‘serving’ in church in the first place? Somewhere along the line, in many churches, a committed few do most of the work. If we thought of Church as the ‘meeting of God’s people’, where we’re all coming together, and all playing a part, then instead of our assumption being ‘church is where I go to watch, but there’s no way they’re signing me up for some serving team,’ maybe we’d say ‘I love our church–family meetings, I think serving tea and coffee afterwards might help.’ If that’s already how you roll, great stuff! If you’re used to treating church like a theatre show rather than a family, maybe your definition of ‘fellowship’ and ‘worship’ need a check–up. So that service business then. It’s not just the necessary bit to stop your church’s most faithful bunch from crumpling with exhaustion, it’s also necessary to get you stuck into that larger ‘family’ a bit more. Funny what happens when we ‘serve together for Jesus’. Grab some church friends and chat about the service thing: do we see church more as theatre than family? Then, be the agent of change—ask your church leader where’s best to serve—and get stuck right in and work together.
SoulFood: Matt 21:1-16; Ps 118:19-29
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd