In my last post I assumed we were equal. It is a critical starting point to helps us keep a proper perspective and enables us to engage with God and one another in a profoundly powerful way. That is important because of of my next assumption…we do this together.
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
I was listening to a Ted Talk on poverty. I was frustrated because ever time the speaker mentioned a bright spot in dealing with poverty it fell right in line with what a healthy church should be doing. However, the only way the church can effectively mentor, provide safe places for at risk youth, support people facing a wide range of struggles and make sure we are grounded on God’s truth is if everyone is doing their part.
Sadly we have a tendency to see our organized churches as a spectator event instead of a team sport. I do not want to minimize the countless small acts done behind the scenes by dedicated Christians living out their faith. However, we are so much more effective when we work together.
Football season is upon us! Imagine if the coach told players to play where they wanted and hopefully score. There would be chaos as 3 people try to be the quarterback and 4 want to be receivers. There would be no one on the line because that is not very glamorous. You get the idea.
I believe the Bible is clear we are suppose to be one team lead by God with everyone having something to contribute.
The implication is we need to rethink how we do church.
The difference between reality of what the church is suppose to look like and what it actually looks like is so overwhelming only God could straighten it out…maybe that is not such a bad thing.
Unity and working together is hard. It makes us uncomfortable and we will have conflict. It is also incredibly rewarding. Imagine Jesus truly being the leader and people from different races and political ideologies working together.
If you are a Christian I encourage you to spend some time in prayer inviting God to reveal your role on His team.