So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:11-16
Being a father of two girls, I have developed quite a gift. Name a department store here in town and I can tell you the exact location of each “honey” chair. What is the honey chair you might be wondering? It is the place, often right outside the fitting room, where your wife hands you her purse and says, “honey, sit right here. Can you hold my purse? I’m going to try a few things on. Don’t worry, I’ll only be a minute.”
With the first day of school outfits needing to be purchased, this chair was my home for numerous weekends in August. Store after store we went looking for that perfect outfit. My thumbs up to their first outfits were met with eye rolls and a huffing back to the changing room. So off they went trying on tops, button up shirts, skirts, dresses, shorts, long-sleeve shirts and short-sleeve shirts for what felt like hours. And, don’t get me started on the shoe shopping. I might be wrong but I think my girls have tried on every piece of clothing in the greater Wilmington area.
But, here’s the thing. Eventually, after all that time trying different outfits on, they found the right fit. Having plenty of time for reflection while in the “honey” chair, I began to realize how shopping for clothes has a lot in common with serving. As Christians, often we fall into this trap of being paralyzed over what God is calling us to do with our lives. We desperately want to know what “our” thing is when it comes to making an impact or leveraging our life for impact. Since we are unsure of what the right fit is for us, we remain idle. Instead of jumping in, we sit on the sidelines.
Sometimes envy even sets in as we see someone serving in his or her sweet spot. We look at them and think, “man, they were made for that” and quietly, we fume over not having what they have. What we don’t realize is that this individual didn’t just find that position. They had to start somewhere. They had to take that initial step to jump in. There were many steps along the way. They first had to get into the fitting room and “try things on.”
The reality is there are plenty of opportunities for people to use their gifts and talents here at PC3. The need for volunteers who have a heart for service is now greater than ever. As we attempt to position our church to make an impact in this city, region, and world, we need a greater sense of shared ownership. The task before us as a church body is too great for anyone to remain on the sidelines.
We are asking each person who calls PC3 home to jump into service and be a part of what God is doing all around us. Yet, our impact won’t be felt if people continue to have a spectator mindset. The time has come to move from the sidelines and begin to own the mission of reaching people and helping them walk with God.
So, if you haven’t done so already, take that leap of service. Don’t worry if it is the perfect fit. Remember, you find THE thing by first doing A thing. Maybe the first thing you try on won’t feel right. That’s okay. There is always something else to try on. God will honor your willingness to possess a proactive heart set towards service. By engaging in service, God will bring to light your gifts and your passions.
- What are the major differences between a spectator and an active participant in their attitude, actions, and mindset?
- Reflect on your move from spectator to active participant. What compelled you to own the mission of reaching people and helping them walk with God? If you are still a spectator, what has kept you on the sidelines?
God, I desire to reflect Your heart through my actions. May my life be defined by humility and service. Help me to trust that my part matters. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.