The apostle Paul likens the church to a body: many parts all working together to form a single being. We read in 1 Corinthians 12:14, “the body does not consist of one member but of many.” Just as each person has hands, feet, eyes, ears, and so on, a church Body needs all kinds of members to function well.
The church can’t be just about what the pastor is doing, but what God is doing through all the various members. It takes teamwork.
I’m blessed with so many different folks at our church who serve in whatever ways are necessary. This happens week in and week out, but it is especially true when I am away for vacation or attending some special event. That’s when others have stepped into the pulpit for teaching and preaching, while still others pray and lead music. We’ll have folks preparing food for a funeral dinner, and people serving with cleaning and maintenance projects. There were also those who give their finances or even words of encouragement to help others in need. What blessings!
Have you found ways to help your church? Love can cover differences you might have with another member. Just work together. Be thankful for your role and the parts that others play. And this is really important: God has designed each Christian to function in some way as a part of a local church.
Sure, you can be saved by grace and just be out there on your own. But God’s plan is for believers to join together and be His hands and feet, representing Jesus to the world (Ephesians 5:29-30). We can do some things on our own, but together we can accomplish so much more for God’s glory. Every church is different. I hope you find one where you fit and become a part.