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1 Corinthians 12:12 “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ”
The body is made up of many parts, each part has a function and a purpose. Yet there are some parts of the body which seem to be totally useless. Take the appendix for example; for centuries, scientists have been baffled by this seemingly useless organ. It does not work, it has no function or purpose within the body yet it consumes valuable space and energy.
Like a body, church has many different types of people who serve and contribute to the function of the body. Like every body, every church has its appendix, the fraction of people who just consume space and energy without serving the body. The problem is, that in most churches, this ‘fraction’ is quite large! Many leaders around the world know and believe in the 80/20 principle. 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people.
“Why the shortage of workers? While there’s no one simple answer, one stands out above the rest: “They just don’t get it”. What don’t “they” get? They don’t get the “blessing factor”. The idle 80 percent don’t get the fact that god wants to pour His blessings out upon them through their involvement in the work of His Kingdom. If they really understood this, they would lined up to get involved.” – Don Cousins, Experiencing Leader-Shift
I’m not suggesting that the church is the only place where you can serve God. God’s Kingdom is not confined to the four walls of your local church, but one must ask “If people are so hesitant to serve God in the church…are they just as hesitant in their own worlds?” Similarly I know that not everyone can serve in church due to age, health and various other reasons. Regardless of these factors, there comes a point when we must all ask ourselves “Am I doing what I can?“.
As Bill Hybels says: “The local church is the hope of the world“. Changing the world starts with the local church, it starts with servant-hood. It starts with joining a team, putting chairs out, serving refreshments, becoming a youth leader, running a small group. Doing whatever we can to make this body function at it’s best!