12 Sep Desperately Needed
“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27 NLT)
A few months ago as I was reading an article on our significance in the body of Christ, I was struck by one line…
“Your service is desperately needed in the Body of Christ.”
Let that sink in for just a second…
That got me thinking, is that statement something I truly believe? Don’t get me wrong, I believe God has called me to serve others in various capacities, but do I believe that my service is “desperately needed,” not by unbelievers, but it is needed by believers within the body? As someone who spends a lot of time trying to recruit people to serve, one of the biggest hurdles I have encountered is people who believe that they have nothing to offer our children and students. I can agree, serving in Children’s Ministry is intimidating, and frankly, often times void of appreciation. However, over the last several years I have seen men and women rise up to invest in the next generation and make life-changing impacts. Imagine what we would allow God to do through us, when we believe that the Body of Christ is desperately in need of our service.
Every week we welcome over 120 kids into our SummitKids ministry. And every week they are greeted, taught, and invested in by people within the body, most of whom don’t feel “called” to Children’s Ministry, but rather see the importance of spending about two hours a month with a group of kids. Additionally, unlike any ministry I have been a part of, in the last two years we have seen about ten kids come to accept Jesus and follow Him in baptism. That is what we, the Body of Christ, are desperately in need of! People who will rise up and serve others by sharing the Gospel story in word and deed. Whether it is in Children’s Ministry, or in another ministry of the church, we are all necessary to the body.
As we journey through this Equip to Serve series, I want to challenge us all to realize that God has called us to be intentional servants. Not just waiting for opportunities to rise up to serve, but seeking out how we can serve the Body of Christ in small, but greatly impactful ways.