1 Chronicles 6:31, 32 “And these are they whom David set over the service of song in the house of the LORD, after that the ark had rest. And they ministered before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of the congregation with singing, until Solomon had built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem: and then they waited on their office according to their order.”
Mankind’s most elemental needs are to feel loved, accepted, significant and secure. There are those who know what that feels like and thrive. There are others who long for it yet, were denied in some way. Still others do not know what that feels like as they grew up in a place void of any love, acceptance, security or significance.
As I read today, the writer chronicled the names of those who were given a place by their king David, to perform according as God had gifted them. It is a wonderful thing to be in the position that you know God has for you. It is even better to work faithfully and see fruit in that position.
The local, New Testament, bible-believing church is known to all as the body of Christ. Those who come to become a part need only two requirements: salvation and baptism. Once a member, it is imperative to fulfill the function for which God has gifted you and I. It is my belief (not a specific doctrine) that each of us are called to a specific ‘body’.
Think of it: every body needs a head. That same body doesn’t need three heads – there will either be a power struggle or a confused body receiving multiple instructions that may conflict. God designs each local new testament church to be representative of His Son. Each have the Bible as their guide for operation and practice. Our calling is simple: Outreach, Inreach and Re-reach.
Outreach is simple – the fulfillment of Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” We should reach our homes, our neighborhood, our city, state and country and those around the world. Every church should be involved in reaching the lost – it is the heart of our Savior and the very reason He came to earth.
Inreach is the feeding, growth and maintenance of the body. Making sure that each part of the church is whole, healthy and functioning properly is vital to the longevity of its existence. If we miss any one part, we are dying. From the senior saints to the nursery; ALL are vital and important parts and none should take precedence over another.
Re-reach is probably the most neglected part of the calling of the church. These are those who for some reason or other become offended, wounded, neglected, addicted or even shunned. These are those who feel like they do not fit in. These are those who fall prey to worldly lusts. These are they who need tender loving care, nurturing, discipleship and mentoring. Most churches watch the front door to see all who come in but miss those who slip out the back.
The church is not a showcase for those who live godly, it is a hospital for all to roll up their sleeves and do their part. At times, there are those who do not like their calling and are jealous over other parts of the body who seem to be in the spotlight. If we all could realize that no matter whether we are scrubbing the floors or singing a special; teaching a class or mowing the lawn; every position is as vital as the next for the body to function properly.
If we set our sights only on the recognition of our God’s favor and not look for the favor of man, we can accomplish so much more. Yes, it a wonderful thing to be praised and thanked for the work we do. But to live for the applause of men means we are stepping into the light of glory that truly; only God deserves.
Take some time to look productively at your place in your church. Do you have a ministry that you participate or lead? Are you using your gifts and talents for the kingdom? Do you feel that the leading of God to start a ministry? Many a pastor would give their right arm for a people who would come with a burden for certain people or area that is seemingly neglected and ask to serve.
It is often said that 10-20% of the people do 90% of the work. Think of what we could do if EVERYONE fulfilled their calling and used their gifts and talents as God intended… No, it is not a dream, it is our duty. We all need to get up off of our blessed assurance and work till Jesus comes