Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I’m Just a Volunteer

Heard this said today. Hear it a lot. Hate it. I am not sure why people say it.


Is it because they feel unworthy to do God's work? They aren't.


God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Genesis 1:28a (NIV)


Is it because they think only the ordained do anything worthwhile?


But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)


Is it because they have been asked (and accept) work that does not suit their gifts and talents?


There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  1 Corinthians 12:4-5 (NIV)


Is it because they don't want to accept responsibility?


For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat." 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NIV)


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)


We are not volunteers, we are ministers.


Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12:7 (NIV)


How are you keeping your place in Christ's Body, the Church? Do you have a place? Have you let others take your place or do your part?


May you know the life that only service in your God-given "sweet spot" can bring.

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