“So the last shall be 1st & the 1st last; for many be called but few chosen.” Matthew 20:16 None of us were called be just be “pew warmers’ or “chair fillers.” All of us have a ministry that we are meant to give. A lot of people don’t realize that more then the preacher or pastor is called to give a message or do a service for the Lord. The musicians, the Sunday school teachers, the sound technicians, the offering takers, and even the singers. These ones are ones that a lot of people would still kind of see that they are considered to have a message or service to do for the Lord. But what of others, the ones who cant sing, play a instrument, or have the ability to help with the sound equipment? Do we forget about some of the most important services we can do for the Lord? How about being a prayer warrior? Someone that doesn’t just pray that little one time prayer on a subject but the one who stays down praying until they get a break through for someone. A person who will give all they have to praying for the Pastor, the church family, the lost loved ones, those with sickness who need a miracle to get better, the singers that God will give them a special anointing to go with their singing. There can be a anointing that when someone sings they feel convicted to run to the alter and repent, a sweet anointing that reminds us of Gods love for us under all circumstances, how about the anointing that makes you wanna shout and run for all the Lord has done. We have singers, we have preachers, people who teach, ect but what a lot of us need now is pray warriors. We need the strength in our church family that we have those strong that can handle getting down when needed to pray for long periods of time until a break through is reached.
At a church I know the Pastor and his family said that every night at the same time they were going to get down and just pray to God. They prayed to him about needs, lost souls, and they just loved on him. Telling the Lord just how much they loved him and where thankful for him. This praying grew and soon other families in the church where doing it to. Now the strength in numbers is there but they can last in praying for a while if needed. Until a soul is won, until a sick person is healed, to just thank the Lord for all he has done for them, to love on him tell him who much more they want to grow in him.
Doing our part in the church or for the Lord does not end with just coming to church once or twice a week, taking our notes and clamping with music. No one was called just to sit on a pew to warm it. Are we going out to the highways and byways trying to witness to these souls that need God to move.
Then we have those who don’t even make it to church at all. We have those who sit at home and say “I don’t need to go to church” or “I can just sit at home and pray and read my bible, I don’t need to go to church to pray.” While this is true these people are missing a few vital things they don’t realize. God is coming back for one thing and that is his bride. The bride is the Church. Its not one church it’s the bodies that make up the church. How can you make up a body of something when you don’t even participate in it. Also if your cut off from the church your spirit will die. Its like cutting off your arm, its no longer attached to the body and therefore you cant use it. You cant move its fingers or flex a muscle. Its no useless and soon looses its life like color and dies off.
A story once I heard goes like this: A man was going to church faithfully for awhile. He was a good man and good church member. Then one week he got sick and decided to stay home. It was just one Sunday, but then the next weekend came and he found he was unable to go to church again. Soon he found its was getting easier to find excuses to not go. It wasn’t long that it turned into a couple months that he hadn’t been in church. He didn’t think nothing much of it until one night he was having a fire outside and who should come down his driveway but the pastor. The pastor and him said hello and the man explained he was having a fire so they walked over to it. The pastor took a stick and removed one log from the fire. At 1st it was still lit and burning pretty good just like to logs still of the fire all together. Pretty soon though he saw that the log got dimmer and dimmer until it was completely burnt out and no longer on fire at all. The man looked at the pastor and told him “that was the best sermon I never heard.” The man understood when out of the church he was no different than that one log and he soon would burn out. That next Sunday he was back in church. He wanted to stay on fire for the Lord.
Are we doing our part for the Lord? Are we gonna stop just being “pew warmers” or are we gonna be worse and be that useless cut off from the body arm? I want more. I want to do a service for the Lord. I want to teach the kids, sing with anointing, to reach people with all that my actions do. They are watching me and trust me they are probably watching you too. Are you being a shining example of what a Christian should be? Are we doing our part?
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