Want to attend a thriving congregation? Want to help the Lord's church grow? It takes hard work...from everyone!
A congregation does not thrive when the majority of it's members sit on the bench. Each member has a job, a role, a talent they can put to good use to glorify God.
I am reminded of the parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). We are very familiar with this parable. We know how a master went on a long journey and entrusted three servants with 5, 2, and 1 talents, respectively.
Upon returning, the first two servants returned the master's talents having doubled what they were given. The third servant did not use his talent but hid his talent. The master called this servant wicked, slothful, and worthless because the servant wasted his talent.
God has given all of us talents--money, possessions, abilities--to use for His glory. He has given us these talents for us to use and serve him. When we waste our talents, we will also be described as wicked, slothful, and worthless. We may think our talents are not helpful, but remember, God does not make junk.
We have a lot of work to do in order to help the Lord's church grow. If everyone gets involved the church will grow in ways we cannot even imagine. I'm reminded of Ephesians 4:!6 where Paul writes, "From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every join with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love".
Imagine one day your arm just quit working. How would that change the way you functioned throughout the day? That's exactly what it is like when a member of the body (the church) isn't using their talents. Use your gifts and help the church grow!
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"For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps" (1 Peter 2:21)