Saturday before last a group of guys spent about five hours doing maintenance and repairs around our church building. The ministry is new, and it is called "Prayer & Repair." The morning starts with donuts and coffee, and a brief devotional and prayer. Then it's off to work.
An amazing amount of work was accomplished in a short amount of time. Pulling together, great things were accomplished. That's the way it works. Many hands make light work. When a group of people pull together in a common direction and purpose, great things get done.
One of the facts of life for a United Methodist pastor is moving. Anyone who has moved understands the value of people pulling together. Anyone who has helped someone else move knows that many hands DO make light work! A couple moving without help from others takes forever to pack the boxes, load the truck and move. But a crew of people working together lightens the load and shortens the work.
Every follower of Jesus Christ is called to pitch in and serve. The first calling of disciples by Jesus was to fishermen. Jesus said to Simon Peter and his brother, Andrew, "Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people." (Matthew 4:19 NIV) We are called to follow and sent to fish. Nowhere in the New Testament does it say, "Write a check while you sit on the sidelines and watch others serve Jesus."
Standing around leads to critiquing and complaining. Serving shoulder to shoulder leads to relationship and encouragement. Every once in a while it is good for every disciple of Jesus to take account. Am I observing or serving? Am I pulling together with others in the Body of Christ or second guessing them? Am I part of the solution, or part of the problem?
I want to be the kind of follower of Jesus who is known for serving. I want to pull alongside others who are serving Jesus. I don't want to be dead weight, and I don't want to be in the way.
So I make myself available to Jesus and say, "Here am I. Send me." I will follow. I will fish. I will serve alongside others in my church who seek to know Jesus and make Him known to the world. And some day I hope to hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Master."