Today’s church is often afflicted by the “spectator syndrome.” The saints sit and soak while the pastor does most of the ministering. But this is not God’s plan for His people. Here’s the plan: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12).
Every Christian is to be ministering. This is God’s order. And in revival, the saints are activated. They are no longer content to try to fulfill their obligations to God by giving toward the pastor’s salary and being listeners. Yet this may describe your present participation in your church.
Ask God to stir your heart today and get busy for Christ! There is no excuse for inactivity. God has given you everything that is necessary to perform His will. Whether you are ministering to the needs of other Christians or busy in evangelizing your community or the world, you can do the task God intends for you to do. So, begin where you are and with what you have.
- Visit someone who is sick and pray for him.
- Take food to a needy person.
- Volunteer to teach a Sunday School class.
- Shock your pastor by showing up for visitation.
- Distribute tracts throughout your neighborhood.
Don’t wait for the pastor to bring revival. Think on the teaching he has already given and put it into practice. Do the work of the ministry.