Is there something you want to be a part of? Does your life have a purpose? Is there something you want to belong to? Why am I asking these questions? Because lately I have been thinking a lot about the body and how we have forgotten it. Not our own body, but the body of Christ that is the church. I think our generation feels they are entitled to experience the kind of church they want, without asking what they can bring to the table in making a difference; they throw up their hands in the air and leave. Others of us are just easily overwhelmed by how being involved with the church or even just dedicated to our Christian journey can be so consuming of us. We don’t feel like we have the time or we lack the courage to give to God what he is asking of us and so we don’t bother to give very much of ourselves at all. This is not how it is meant to be. We will always be busy and there will always be something that we will find wrong in a group or organization, especially the church. At times it seems we are bold enough to express our opinions, but offer no action of simply being committed to show up and offer to be the change we want to see.
In Ephesians 4:11-16 Paul writes, “11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 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.
14 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. 15 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. 16 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.”
Christ gave us the picture of the body for a very specific purpose. We all have gifts and something we can offer. Believing that you don’t have anything to offer is just excepting a lie for an excuse to be lazy. We each have something to contribute, stories that matter and the church is called to be unified with each contributing member. When we aren’t contributing and unified in the church, or worse let someone else serve in our place of the body, the church starts to look a little scary, much like a Frankenstein. As a generation of young adults, this is not the time for us to be pointing fingers and complaining about where the church as gone wrong. It is the time for us to be looking at ourselves, figuring out which part of the body God has gifted us to be and start contributing while encouraging others to do the same. Make your time and place of worship your own and steward well what he has given you. When you do you’ll find the blessings you are looking for and be the blessing that some else needs.