Orderly matters in our beloved church(6) – Service

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If I ask you, my beloved brother or sister, how many families does our church serve; what would be your guess?  If I ask you how many meetings and services does our church hold; what would be your answer?  Thank God, our church now serves about a thousand families.  We have fourteen Sunday school classes, two newly wed meetings, two college meetings, two bible studies, four hymns classes, one senior citizen meeting, new comers service, ministry to the sick, tutoring for students and youth that need help with school, a choir team and a clinic.  This does not include the liturgies, vespers, making the holy bread, revivals and all the special occasions.  The reason I’m listing all this, is to bring to your attention that our church needs everyone to serve.  No one should stand at the line anymore, but ought to participate in some sort of service to take the blessing of serving the church. As we read the book of Nehemiah chapter 3,
we recognize that the whole congregation of the Israelites participated in rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem after the return from the exile.  It wasn’t only the priests and the Levites, but the whole congregation.  Hear the scriptures speak of this saying, “Also the sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate; they laid its beams and hung its doors with its bolts and bars. And next to them Meremoth the son of Urijah, the son of Koz, made repairs. Next to them Meshullam the son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabel, made repairs. Next to them Zadok the son of Baana made repairs. Next to them the Tekoites made repairs; but their nobles did not put their shoulders to the work of their Lord.” (Neh 3:3-5).  Each one participated in the work of the Lord.  They considered that building the walls wasn’t just a secular task, but rather the work of their Lord.  Putting up beams and making repairs wasn’t just about wood, nails and gates, but rather about participation in putting the people of God back together in their place of worship and the city of God.  

But it’s also clear from the reference above that there is a group of people who decided not to participate because they considered themselves “nobles”, and the bible mentioned that they didn’t do the work of their Lord. They set themselves apart from the rest of the people on account of their social status. But regardless of the reason why one wouldn’t participate in the work of the Lord, the final result is that they didn’t.  Some might consider themselves unworthy to be called servants; others might not have sense of belonging to the church, while others might say the service is a closed circle on a certain group of people.  I personally believe that everyone has a place to serve, if we are humble enough, we will find something to do.  It could be cleaning the church, moving furniture, arranging the book store, helping with the parking lot, or even cleaning the bathroom.  The group of nobles referred to above, considered that building the wall wasn’t suitable for them, we might have the same issue, that certain tasks aren’t suitable for us.  If we do so, we will hear the scripture saying about us that we didn’t put our shoulders to the work of the Lord.  Others might consider it inconvenient for them to commit to a specific service, then the matter is in the heart.  The people in the church of Macedonia “according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing[1] to give, that’s beyond what’s convenient to reach to what love is.  So please start serving not out of what’s convenient but out of your love to the Lord.

     A s for those who say that service is closed on a certain group of people, I highly encourage you to go and speak to one of the church fathers, offering yourself for service, I’m very confident that they will set you up for a service which will be suitable with your gifts and talents.  But I encourage you my beloved reader to be ready to step out of your comfort zone, be ready to work with and serve people you don’t know or recognize, but that just one great area of growth which service offers.
This will help all of us to feel that we belong to the church and that we have a larger family through which God bless us.  The Lord set before our eyes the greatest example of service as He washes
His disciples’ feet knowing that His hour has come and that He came out from the Father.
Brothers and Sisters, please take a role in service and offer yourself as your Master did.

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[1] (2Cor 8:3)

 

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