Monday, October 27, 2008

What does it mean to do life together?

When we say that we do church together and when we hear our church leaders say, we do life together and we connect with people, what does it really mean for you?
When you think of the group of people with whom you do life with, are you really sharing life with them?
we are Christians and the bible tells us to Love one another, right? Do we really love each other? Or at least care for one another?
John 13:34-35
34"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

These days it has just become more obvious that there is a talk in church about the idea that they are actually sharing life but this is almost a lie just because it is not truly the truth. Well, if it is so that people care for each other, how come they don't know each others last name very often and how come they don't know where some of the people who attend church work? How disconnected is it that people truly are that they don't know birthdays and anniversaries? Many church communities desire to be multicultural but they don't know which nationality or ethnic group is the majority of their church and what is their culture? So many times they encounter a disconnection with the church members and life is no longer "shared" in communion.

The Ministries of most churches lack of volunteers, yet the leadership perhaps doesn't evaluate the respect and gratitude level they do express to those volunteers. Volunteers are persons that out of the love for their Lord and obedience, they come forward and make themselves available to God and offer some additional time of their schedule without asking for pay in return of course. Yet many times they are confronted with disrespect and little appreciation from the staff members who don't have the budget to invest in more employees. Unfortunately people get discourage because instead of having people around them to celebrate the "little" efforts from their part, they critisize the volunteer for the little they do and demand more of them.
Wow! Where did that come from? To say a good word for the leadership, many Ministry leaders care for their volunteers and love the input they bring to the church. Many times it is not that they demand more of you but they try to challenge you so that you can grow in your spiritual life with Christ. They are cheerleaders that push you a bit to reach further out your God given potential.
But, indeed there must be a balance between the two extremes, where volunteers are respected and leaders can express their love and gratitude properly. All in a way that both ends feel that they are truly sharing life. Both leaders and volunteers grow on the process of doing ministry together. Isn't that a beautiful thing? Serving as a volunteer, gives you the privilege to have a mentor while you are serving with them but you can also at all times call on them when you most need them. They count on you to serve and you count on them to guide you through the hard times of life.

Now what about church members, are they connected to other church members? Do you know the lady that stands at the door every Sunday? Did you know that she has two children and she recently lost her job? No you don't. Do you make an effort to know if they need prayer? Have you noticed the gentleman at the elder ministry, who is smiling all the time, do you know that his grandfather passed away?
Unless people ask us to pray for them is it that we turn around and act upon request. Most of the times we pretend that everyone around us is happy, including ourselves and unless they say if there is anything wrong we would not notice. Is it because people don't speak up when they hurt or is it that we don't have our radars on alert to identify when a brother or a sister is hurting.
Let me give you something to think about, not very nice thought but think about this. Most of the people who commit suicide are "happy" people. No one around them ever understands what happen or what could have triggered suicide because they were most convinced that the person was happy person.....

Lets express our Love and let our encouragement be sincere to one another. Lets cheer the little efforts and the big accomplishments because they are all for God's glory. Let us not despite each other and lets be aware of each others needs, ask our Lord to give you that discernment for those in need and do something about it.

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. But lets do this as one body, the Body of Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. This is the true meaning of doing life together, embrace it and lets live it!
Romans 12:3-5(NIV)
3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Lets serve as He served,
in a humble way and with a zealeous heart at all times...

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