Last month I served alongside twenty-two teens and six adults as we repaired sections of a church in Daytona, FL, which was damaged by a recent hurricane (as it had back in 2016 by Hurricane Matthew as well). Among the twenty-nine of us, only two of our team members were professional contractors.
Unfortunately, volunteer work often equates to less than diligent work. That type of work dishonors God. So, we went to serve by giving our best. Speaking for myself, the work would not have been as well done, even with such commitment to diligent labor, without the two professionals. I do not have their knowledge or skill sets. But they taught us. Because of the skill, willingness to teach, and patience of those two, our team did a really good job at restoring the church’s kitchen and Fellowship Hall. (Thank you, Seth and Sterling!)
Our team’s purpose was fulfilled because we all served as we were fit. Leaders led. Followers followed. Teachers taught. Workers worked. And people like me left the tasks calling for skilled labor to those qualified to provide it. Our team (nearly three dozen in number) acted as the Body of Christ. We, as a part of the Church, served brothers and sisters in the state farthest away from us.
As I think about our mission trip, I think of Paul’s words to the church in Corinth.
If you are a Christian, you are a vital part of the Body of Christ.
God created the Church and His creation is a brilliant work of art and wisdom. We need to act like what we are. We do that by recognizing our role in the Body and serving in that role with faithfulness.
"As it is, there are many parts, but one body."
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