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  • Your Church May Have A Problem

    1 posts, 1 voices, 459 views, started Apr 13, 2011

    Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by Denise Richardson


    • Diamond

      Every week millions of Americans take time out of their busy schedules to visit a movie theatre and watch the latest releases that will do everything from take viewers on an emotional roller coaster to provoke a range of intellectual reflections. I think it's safe to assume that a great deal of thought goes into the production, scripting, and casting of a movie, but more importantly it is clear that everyone must know their role.  

      The producer knows what they've got to do. The sound engineers know their responsibilities. Each casting member learns and memorizes their part. Because of this clarity, we are able to sit and enjoy a creative masterpiece. Ultimately, we're able to leave having had an enjoyable experience.

      This was Jesus' original idea when He founded His baby, the church. He wanted people to be able to come and enjoy a creative experience. He wanted that experience to be so compelling and fulfilling that it would encourage them to not only want to get involved with it, but invite others to participate as well.  

      1 Corinthians 12: 14 (Amplified), "For the body does not consist of one limb or organ but of many."  

      Here's where the problem exists. While there is the potential and possibility of an amazing encounter, someone confuses what his role is in the entire process.

      I agree with others that offer the notion that this confusion is satanically driven. But I also believe that maybe somewhere someone was not given a clear understanding of what their role really is. Interestingly enough, a lot of the confusion and frustration that comes along with being involved in one of the most powerful institutions ever created can be easily solved if I know how to maximize my purpose within it.

      1 Corinthians 12: 15-21 (Amplified) reads, "If the foot should say, Because I am not the hand, I do not belong to the body, would it be therefore not [a part] of the body?"  

      If my singing skill level matched my desire, I would currently be one of the most recognizable voice professionals (singers) in the world. Because God seemingly didn't grant that as one of my proficient skills, I have decided to become the best at what He's designed me to be. If I maximize that role, I am a blessing and benefit to the body of Christ. I then become a part of this creative experience that leaves individuals in awe of the awesomeness of God and His creation.

      If for some reason you are not clear on your purpose, you've decided to run from your purpose, or choose not to engage your gifts and talents, your church has a problem—it's you. Your church needs and deserves you. It is impossible for you to maximize who God has called you to be if you are not active in a local church.

      Let's solve the problem today. If you commit to making the most of whom God has created you to be in your local church, you'll find that you'll live on a different level and with a different perspective. This is not simply committing to be busier or doing more stuff, this is deciding that you're going to be the best you can be. When you do that, God will expand your living. Not only will your life change, but your involvement will help change the lives of others.

      I may be too optimistic, but I believe that many of today's problems can be reduced by the local church. We are Jesus' representatives in the earth. There are millions waiting for the rich, rewarding, and enjoyable experience that the local church can offer. The local church can and should offer solid relationships, personal growth, intellectual development, spiritual growth, opportunities to impact their world, and most importantly, an opportunity to worship the true and living God. Give someone else a movie ticket; it's time to fill up the theatre!

      Scripture Of The Day: "For the body does not consist of one limb or organ but of many." - 1 Corinthians 12:14 (AMP),


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