The Church Christ Builds, Pt. 8
Sometimes I have counseled people who, for whatever reason, think they have nothing to offer the corporate gathering. Maybe they’re struggling in sin and cannot see how God would ever use them or lack confidence and feel like they can’t teach anyone anything. They begin to wonder what their role is in coming to church on Sunday. Here’s what I like to tell them: “Here’s your ministry. If you do this, you’ll change your life and maybe change a bunch of other people’s lives. Come to church every Sunday. Rain or shine. Busy week or empty week. Football game on or no football game on. Tired or not tired. Show up. Shake hands. Greet people. Sing loudly about Jesus so others can hear you. Listen to God’s Word. Shake more hands. Greet more people. Go home and pray. You do that, and you’ll change your life, change the church, change your family. Now that’s a ministry.”
When this is done that faithfully for years on end, you’ll find that you’re not only contributing to the health of the church but the health of the church is contributing to you. You will find Jesus’ words to be gloriously true: it’s more blessed to give than to receive.
Solomon expressed this as well: “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered” (Prov. 11:25). Want to be spiritually enriched and your soul to be refreshed? Devote your life to blessing others in simple ways. Perhaps the most simple way to encourage your church family is by joining them for corporate worship every week.
Press on in the small acts of faithfulness! Don’t miss the thousands of mundane opportunities to be faithful because you’re hoping for one big, glorious thrill. Impactful lives aren’t a succession of big, thrilling moments, but a culmination of a million small decisions to honor Christ in the mundane. Not every Sunday will be exciting. Not every corporate gathering will be exactly as you hoped. But like the faithful waves that shape a continent, the rhythms of faithful church attendance will shape your life.
That’s why Hebrews 10:23-24 says “And let us consider how to stir one another up to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” We need the church and the church needs us. So we commit to show up, to hear God’s Word, to sing loudly, to pray together, and then to seek the spiritual good of our friends. Remember: Jesus works mightily through the ordinary.