Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is put down your Bible and pick up a broom.
For Christians, attending Sunday services with heartfelt worship and inspirational messages can be relaxing and the highlight of our week. The problem is that a relaxed posture has never changed the world. My apologies in advance for using a 4-letter word here – but that harsh reality is to reach new people with God’s amazing grace and love found in Jesus it requires less relaxing and more “work.”
If we’re not careful, bringing a Bible to church to just be taught, can become normal. Although our being ministered to can be beneficial and even necessary at times, when it comes to breaching the gates of Hell and reaching our community for Christ the new normal must become a deep love for others and sacrificial work.
The Blessing of Sweat
No one who has ever been part of a church that advanced the Gospel and has seen people get gloriously saved, has ever regretted the sweat and work it took to get there. There is nothing more beautiful than witnessing a hopeless life become a new life in Christ.
Picking up a broom in order to help accomplish God’s redemptive plan on earth can be one of the most loving things a Christian can do.
For you, the broom you pick up may be serving coffee on Sunday morning, greeting, ushering, holding an umbrella, making snacks, setting up or tearing down, or it may be using your administrative skills to help with office related tasks through the week. When someone discovers through serving how God has shaped and gifted them to serve the rewards and fulfillment from serving can not only be the highlight of their week, but it can become the greatest joy of their life.
To accomplish the mission of the church, somebody has to pick up a broom and do the work.
I’m ready, how about you?
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithfulstewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)