Shepherd Sayings December 28, 2017
What is a church? Some think it’s the building. Others think it’s the people. Listen to God’s word in Ephesians 1:22-23, “God placed all things under Christ’s feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body.” So, the church is the body of Christ and believers “are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27) “Now the body is not made up of one part but many.” (1 Corinthians 12:14) Therefore, every person who is a member of the church is to be a part of the living, moving, serving, ministering body of Christ. There are times when each member is vitally important.
Sir Winston Churchill knew how crucial it was for each person to contribute his share to the total effort. Notice his words, spoken on January 27, 1940, when England was being destroyed by bombs, “Come then: let us to the task, to the battle, to the toil, each to our station. Fill the armies, rule the air, pour out the munitions, strangle the U-boats, sweep the mines, plough the land, build the ships, guard the streets, care for the wounded, uplift the downcast, and honor the brave.”
Mr. Churchill knew it was equally important to grow crops, treat the wounded, encourage the weak, pilot a plane or march with the infantry. In a church it is equally important to teach a class, visit the sick, witness to the lost, give a tithe, sing in the choir, care for babies, give someone a ride to church, shovel snow, wash windows, or preach a sermon. When these things are done, it is the body working together as God intended.
God, give us eyes to see where we can serve, feet that will move us to the place you want us to be and hands equipped for the work. All for your Glory. Amen