"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function." Romans 12:4
Russ, the man who was my mentor, often compared people in the church to individuals on a cruise ship. He would say that many Christians want to just sit around being served and having all their needs met. Sadly. this is true. In the average church, only 10% of the people do all the work, while on the average cruise ship there is 1 crew member for every 3 passengers.
In reality, the church is not to function as a cruise ship, but as a battle ship. On a battle ship, everyone is part of the crew and has a function to perform. The duties vary, but all are necessary and vital to the success of the ships mission. When each member does their job, things run smoothly; but if they don’t, it can lead to defeat. How well could the ship function if the mechanics chose not to fix anything, or no one wanted to cook or clean? What if the officers decided not to lead or train anyone? The ship would be dead in the water.
This principle applies to those of us who are a part of the church. We should never consider our abilities or talents of no value to the church. Romans 12:4 states, “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function.” If each of us uses our gifts to serve God and others, the mission of the church will be completed and the gospel will be spread.
Which ship are you on? Are you just cruising? Are you part of the crew? There are always opportunities to serve that are listed in the church program. It’s time to stop cruising and start serving.
Posted on Thu, March 1, 2012
by Jim Coyle