Recently, I had to take a lengthy trip for a meeting. As is my custom on the road, I was listening to a podcast. This time I chose to listen to John Maxwell and in the podcast he told a story about taking his grandkids on a safari in South Africa. On the safari he met one of the young employees who was wearing a t-shirt that read, “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that somebody else will save it.”
What a statement! I began to ponder how this statement effects the church, and immediately I thought about what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4:10; "Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits."
If the greatest threat to our planet is the belief that somebody else will save it, and I believe that’s true, then I also believe that the greatest threat to the church is inactive Christians. Too many believers believe that Jesus' commands to "Go into all of the world and preach the Gospel", to "love one another" and to "serve one another" are only for the called and the chosen few. But the Apostle Paul said, we all have a part to play. We are all called out of the stands and onto the field. It's time to get in the game!
1 Corinthians 12:25-30 (Msg) "The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don't, the parts we see and the parts we don't. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance. You are Christ's body—that's who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your "part" mean anything."
5 Benefits for Those Who Get in the Game?
- When you are in the game, you discover your specific calling and gifts. 1 Peter 4:10-11 (NLT) God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
- One day we will all receive a reward for our works. 1 Corinthians 3:14-15 (AMP) If the work which any person has built on this Foundation [any product of his efforts whatever] survives [this test], he will get his reward.
- If you get involved with what God is building, he will get involved in what you are building. John 13:12-17 (NLT) After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.
- It is impossible to backslide to complacency when you are active. Philippians 2:1-4 (Msg) If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
- We become stronger and the Church becomes stronger. Romans 15:1-2 (Msg) Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, "How can I help?"
The greatest threat to the planet, is the belief that somebody else will save it. The greatest threat to the kingdom of God is inactive Christians. Let’s start a servolution! Let’s buck the trends and become active with our faith!
If you aren’t serving somewhere in your church, it's time to get in the game. After all, Church is a Verb.
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