In reading through the book Life in the Father’s House by Wayne Mack and Dave Swavely, I was reminded of something that every Christian should believe and act upon: we’re all ministers, even if you don’t get paid. Listen to what Paul writes in Ephesians 4:11-12, “And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds (pastors), and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry…” Paul is saying that it’s the job of pastors (and others) to prepare and train the members of a local church so that they minister, or do ministry. In that way we are all ministers.
What does this mean for you if you’re not on the paid staff of your church? It means you don’t get to sit back and let church happen to you! It is true that you should go to church to get spiritually fed through God’s Word and His people, but it also means you need to pick up a serving tray and get busy. Whether you have a formal role in some church program or you simply converse with other Christians when you’re at church, we should all be there to receive blessing and give blessing. Remember also, that everything your pastors and teachers are doing on a Sunday morning or Wednesday night is meant to move you toward the goal of equipping you to do the work of ministry. As I heard another pastor say once, your pastor isn’t just preaching so you can nod your head in agreement and furrow your brow in serious contemplation, only to have you vomit up everything you heard in the parking lot on the way to the car so that you don’t do a single thing with God’s truth. What we receive at church should improve how we serve at church. In view of this reality, what will you change this Sunday?