G.I.G.O.

Please read Nehemiah 11:4-36.

Garbage BagIn my previous post, I mentioned that we will only experience the glory of God in our worship to the extent which we give ourselves in devotion to Him. This post will show a few of the ways we can be come a lively body of Christ.

The remaining verses of chapter eleven give details of the responsibilities of each family in the city of Jerusalem. There were gatherers of wood or water, handymen for repairs, singers to announce sacrifices, those who led prayers, and others who taught the word of God.  There were many duties required to keep the city operating and support worship in the temple.

There are many things to do in the church today as well. Not everyone is going to be a preacher or a song leader. God has given His children many gifts to benefit the church. Rather than waiting for someone to assign us a job, we should seek to see how we can benefit our local church in ways large and small.

Is there a member who is home bound? Go visit them.

Is there someone who wants to come to church but cannot get themselves there? Go get them.

Are there repairs that need to be made to the church house or a member’s home? Pick up a hammer and fix it.

Is there someone sick or struggling with a sin?  Pray for them. Visit them. Counsel them.

Is there someone in financial trouble? Give to them generously.

Needless to say, there are plenty of things to do in the church, not just these I have listed.

You will notice that all of these services are for the benefit of others not for our own personal glory. Being devoted to God means that we are devoted to our brothers and sisters in Christ. The Bible teaches that our gifts of ministry are for the benefit of our home church.

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: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: – Ephesians 4:11-13

God has chosen you to Himself, and He has called you into the service of His kingdom. The focus of every believer should be to glorify God by helping others in the church until The Lord returns.

As the title of this post reminds us in computer terms, Garbage In – Garbage Out. The opposite is also true.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. – Galatians 6:9-10

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