|From the Pastor's Desk|
The church exists with two primary intentions:
Entire of itself;
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main."
Your attitude, availability, and accountability are the triple A's that matter for a local church to be alive and active. The allegories of a body or a bride for the church used by the New Testament writers express this idea. Your response to the three A's are important factors that make the church a dead organization or a living organism.
Your attitude is important because that makes you available in the local church and determines the spiritual altitude that exists within it. You cannot make your church alive and creative without an attitude to serve wholeheartedly along with others. People go to church with various attitudes. It is observed that,
Some go to church to laugh and to talk;
Some go there for a time to spend;
Some go there to meet a friend.
Some go there for speculation;
Some go there for observation;
Some go there to doze and to nod;
Some, how few, go to worship God.
You need a local church more than the church needs you because the church can survive without you. But you cannot. You receive everything for your nourishment through the body which is the church and from the head who is the Lord Jesus Christ. Your awareness of the importance of the local church and the unique position in the body of the Lord Jesus Christ will make you available to it. The lamplighter once evaluated a Christian without a church as follows:
a student who will not go to school;
a soldier who will not join in the army;
a citizen who does not pay taxes or vote;
a salesman without customers;
an explorer without a base camp;
a seaman in a ship without a crew'
a business man on a deserted island;
an author without readers;
a football player without a team;
a politician who is a hermit;
a scientist who does not share his findings;
a bee without a hive.
Jesus said, "I am the vine and you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him bears much fruits; for without me you can do nothing". The church is the mystical body of the Lord of which Jesus is the head. Without the vine, the branches have no life, and so without the body, members have not life.Church is the family of God and every member of the family needs to maintain accountability to each other. Accountability is making us available to do the assigned work at the right time and at the right place in the right attitude. It was a fixed habit of Theodore Roosevelt to attend the church on Sunday, and continued it all his years in Washington even as the president. The pastor of his church always received a letter or phone message from the president when he expected to be out of town, explaining his absence. Your availability and the willingness to perform your role in the church make the church more alive.
Worship, evangelism and charity are the existential purpose of the church. The church cannot complete these without you. The local church comprises of you and others to make it a team for the Lord. Only a team that maintains mutual accountability among its team members can accomplish its goal. Bee's system of functioning serves as an example for us. Mutual feeding among the bees is the order of their existence. The workers feed the helpless queen who cannot feed herself. They feed the young bees even the drones during their usefulness in the hive. Bees cluster together for warmth in the cold weather and fan their wings in hot weather, thus working for one another's comfort. When the swarming time comes, bee scouts go out to find suitable quarters where the new colony can establish itself. These scouts report back to the group, executing a dance by which they convey the location of the prospective home to the colony. As more than one scout goes prospecting and reporting back, the bees appear to entertain the findings of all scouts and at last the entire assembly seems to reach a common conclusion on a choice. There upon all take wing in what is called a swarm. We can learn from them the great lesson of having the right attitude, being available, and remaining accountable.
Someone said that the church is filled with willing people, some willing to work, and others willing to let them. But, now there is a third group of people in every church who are willing for others to not work. Are you available and accountable for the Lord with a right attitude?
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