Years ago, our small church hosted an event open to the surrounding communities. The undertaking required more workers than what our average adult church attendance was. We reached out to other churches in the county, and they agreed to help. Working together, it took over six weeks of preparation for the three-day event.
The local pastors gathered to coordinate their plans. Prayer warriors began weeks before the event, praying for each helper and attendee by name. Marketers sent out announcements. Some workers sewed costumes while others built stages. Actors practiced hours to perfect their performance. Babysitters helped before and during the event. The director assigned men to security and traffic control. Kitchen workers kept a steady supply of snacks and coffee flowing.
THE BODY OF CHRIST ACTED ACCORDING TO GOD’S WORD
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
Over one thousand people attended that weekend. Everyone who came heard the gospel of Christ. People were saved, and many Christians rededicated their lives. The people who contributed talked about what a blessing it was to minister to the community. Working together meant success.
GOD WAS GLORIFIED
The event was successful because the Holy Spirit stirred the hearts of Christ-Followers and they responded. They willingly used their gifts. Although the workers came from different churches, they shared the same belief that Jesus is the Savior of the world. Their obedience to the Holy Spirit’s call took them past any differences.
WHAT YOU DO MATTERS
God is delighted when his children use the unique abilities that he gifted them with for Kingdom business. Whether we are working alone or laboring with other Christians on a project, every person’s active involvement is valuable because it helps the body of Christ to function as a whole.