I remember back in the day, it seemed like Christians really enjoyed being at church, doing church activities, and even hanging out at the church in their off-time. I’m just thinking back to being a kid and my Grandmother always being at church. Am I the only one? I remember because I had to be there with her ALL THE TIME!!! lol.
I remember her staying up late Saturday night, cooking for yet another Sunday evening program. I remember being in church with her from 9am until 2pm; then going home for a couple of hours, then heading straight back to church for those evening programs. I hated it. The rigamarole of it all was a bit much for my child sensibilities. I just didn’t understand why she did that with such commitment and vigor. She was at Sunday school, in the choir and was an usher, and then a regular cook for programs… folks truly did enjoy her cooking, including me!
Now that I’m much older, I see through different eyes. I understand that although my Grandma loved the Lord with her whole heart, that doesn’t mean she was always excited about spending her own money for the food, cooking those church meals, and spending yet another full day & evening at church. Instead of swerving and dodging an opportunity to be there, she simply preferred to be accessible to serve. Hebrews 6:10 says, For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.
From what I have observed, this seems to be a generation of Christians who don’t want to be #teamdoingtoomuch with regards to the church. People’s activities, hobbies, and commitment supercede church events and ministry. I’ve even heard, “It’s not like I’m getting paid, so I’ll pass.” People just hanging around afterwards because they enjoy being in the atmosphere… people asking how they can fit in to help… people who show up to minister with a smile… people who show up to play even if there is no check available this week… people who stay after to clean… people who start ministry groups to grow one another in Christ… and the list goes on. Where are they? Did they die off with the older generation?
Romans 12:10-11 — Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
This is not an attack on any person, group, or church. This is just a call to the church of this generation, to get excited about the church again. I know it’s just a building to some, but to many of us, it’s an extension of God and His love for us… a prepared place for us to come together to learn more of Him, to worship Him publicly, to be under the same roof with those who are yearning for more. Part of keeping the church standing is the element of service; serving one another, serving the ministry, serving the community, serving GOD.
If you have been attending a church for over a year and you’re not involved beyond attending Sunday service, pray for a heart to serve there. Matthew 9:37 says, The harvest is mighty but the laborers are few. Pray to God to give you direction of where you can best be used. Just because a church looks like they have it all together and everything is flowing smoothly, doesn’t mean that your committed presence couldn’t make it run even more efficiently. You are needed. Get involved. Don’t look at it as a burden. Get excited about Jesus…get excited about His church. Don’t swerve… SERVE!!!