Every Christian a Minister

We live in a day of outsourcing. As a society, we outsource things like our lawn, home improvement, childcare, shopping, cooking, and more. Sometimes this can be good, sometimes not so much.

When it comes to the Christian life, there is one thing that God has commanded us to not outsource; the work of the ministry. Every Christian is commanded by God to participate in this privileged work.

I’ve found that we often have an upside-down approach to ministry. We consider it like a football game in a stadium. The pastors and elders are sort of like the players out on the field. They are running plays, getting their jerseys dirty, and trying to push up and down the field to accomplish something. And many Christians view themselves like the fans in the stands. They consider themselves as committed for many reasons. They paid money to be there. They like the team. They attend fairly regularly. They are happy when the church leaders get something remarkable accomplished. They are entertained a bit by the leaders and their teaching.

Biblically speaking, however, the Christian life is not like that. In keeping with the football metaphor, the local church leaders are more like the team’s coaches and trainers (minus the temper). As such, they are called to work hard, study, stay ahead of things, and prioritize the care of the players. But they are not the players. Instead, all Christians are more like the players. As they receive the care, training, and equipping from the coaches, they are the ones on the field enjoying the challenges and rewards of the game. To maximize their joy and effectiveness, they are to regularly stay connected with the coaches and trainers. They give and receive input to the coaches. They communicate closely with them. Wounds are treated, successes celebrated, and mistakes nurtured. They may not know every coach or trainer, but they stay closely connected with at least one. That/those coach(es) then provide accountability, equipping, care, and a nurturing relationship for as long as the player is under their stewardship. God’s design for every Christian is more likened to players on a field than spectators in a grandstand.

To use another metaphor, sometimes we can approach church like a concert performance. I show up, observe the guys on stage, take it in, leave, and that is the end of the matter. Church leaders are viewed sort of like the guys on stage who we watch perform for us. I attend, hoping to enjoy what is happening. If I do not, well, it might not be the place for me.

But again, the Bible teaches that church is not like that. How do we know?

More: http://thecripplegate.com/every-christian-a-minister/


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