“It’s time to change; your victory has come”
In Romans Chapter 12 Verses 4 to 8, we are reminded. For as in one body we have many members, and each member has its individual function. So even if we are many, we are one body in Christ, and individually an element of one another.
We were graced with individual gifts. Yes, each one of us is gifted so let us use these gifts properly: if prophecy, in relationship to our faith; if service, in serving others; if teaching, in his lessons; the one who exhorts, in his encouragement; if contributing, in generosity; if leading, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with joyfulness.”
We realize the purpose of church services and gatherings must not only to evangelize non-Christians but also to build up Christians. We must make church services intelligible to those who do not yet believe in Jesus Christ, His resurrection and in His coming again. We must strive to build up the Church for the manifestation of the Holy Spirit within us. We must let the world know of these manifestations.
In 1 Corinthians 14: 26, Paul reminded us that when we, Christians, come together, all things must be done for building up our own faith. Each one of us has his own hymn, own lesson, own revelation, own tongue, or even interpretation. We can only be trusted if we are the living proof of God’s existence. Only then, our faith can be respected by non-believers. Who knows? This respect can lead to their faith conversion.
Being the believers that we are, we have the responsibility to devotedly preach the Word, lead prayers, be the shepherd of the people, be the role model of a holy life, and trust that God will bring fruit in his own time in every life that we touch. While we do these, we expect our church to grow, both numerically and spiritually. So let us preach, pray, lead, and expect God to bless our efforts.