Is that a phrase you use?
If it is, I have to wonder, what do you do to demonstrate ownership of said church? Don’t get me wrong, if you use that phrase, I praise God you are in a church, and hope it’s one where you’re developing a real relationship with your Savior.
But I think more Christians need to really take ownership of their church or use the phrase, “The Church I attend.” Because if you have been a pew warmer for more than a year or two after you’ve made Jesus your Savior, then it’s not really “Your Church.”
Now, if you’re reading this and have never accepted what Jesus did for you on the cross, this doesn’t really apply to you. And if you’d like to know more about that, get in touch with me or go talk to your pastor (and if he can’t help you out with that question, then find a different church to call “My Church.”) But if you’ve been born again (check out John 3), if you’ve tasted the heavenly gift, as Paul says in Hebrews, then that Sunday morning worship center should be more than just a building you visit once a week.
What are you doing for the body of Christ? What can you do to benefit the congregation . . . something that’s of no benefit to you?
You see, once you’ve made Christ your Savior, you are now part of the body. And just like a hand that does nothing would be unacceptable and even devastating, so is a part of Christ’s body that just takes up space.
What should you do?
I can’t really answer that for you. I have no idea what your gifts are, but you can do something. Christians were not created to be Spiritual consumers. (Again, if you’ve never made Jesus your Savior, then you are still a consumer) Christ told us to make disciples, to do works in keeping with our salvation (not to bring us salvation . . . it doesn’t work that way).
I can tell you there are all kinds of little things that need done in every body of Christ and you should be doing something. Look around. Are the weeds building up outside the building? Go pull them. Does something need paint? Ask if you can paint it. Do you give a full tithe (10% of the gross of your income), then up it. If you can’t give 10% this week, then give one percent more than you are now, and up it once a month until you’re at 10%.
Every person who attends a church and calls themselves a Christian has a vital role in the life of that congregation.
Perhaps you think you can’t do anything because you’re old. Does your congregation have a prayer team or chain? Are you on it? Have you ever asked your pastor for a list of every person who attends so you can pray for the body every day? What if you sent notes to ever person in your congregation once or twice a year? What impact would that have on the body? Do not let age or disability stop you from taking ownership of your church.
Maybe you work seventy hours a week and there’s just no way you have time for anything but Sunday Mornings. Could you arrive early to turn on the heat or put on a pot of coffee? Do you actively participate in a Sunday Morning Bible Class (not just a spectator, but that person who asks questions and answers them to keep the discussion going)? If you work all those hours, do you have extra funds so you could give over your tithe to help with the work that needs done? Perhaps you could pay a less fortunate congregant to take care of those weeds. Don’t let the “I just don’t have time” keep you from taking ownership of your church.
Are you inviting people to come with you on Sundays?
I have no idea what you could do to help the body of Christ. But I know for a fact you can do something. And if you don’t, it’s not really “your church.” If you neglect being a help to the congregation then you are a consumer; it’s the church you attend.
Take ownership of your church. Surprise your pastor today and tell him or her what you’re going to do so that the church you attend is thriving, so the church you attend is “your church.”