Jesus enlisted the aid of his disciples in his work. When he performed the miracle of feeding the crowds, he had the disciples go out and find what food there was, and then he had them pass it out. I marvel that they got to be part of the miracle of where a few loaves and fish became more than enough to feed five thousand.
There were other things. Jesus wanted them to pray with him. He also had them preach, heal, and cast out demons with him.
You could say that discipleship is being part of “Team Jesus” where he is the captain, but everyone participates. Everyone gives valuable effort to bring positive results.
Disciples don’t just work for Jesus, they work with him. In effect, Jesus, the Son of God, was saying, “I couldn’t do it without you,” which is a huge honor, but it carries with it responsibility for which we should have a sense of duty.
When a church focuses on keeping itself alive, it is for the purpose of continuing to participate in Christ’s work. It is not to preserve our memories. It is not so we can continue to keep our friendships. It is not to have a place where we can go to feel good. It is to reach out with our hands and our hearts and help those who are suffering, unhappy, scared, sick, and lost.
Any church that does not keep the mission of Christ firmly in mind will end up closing its doors. But if we exist to serve Christ’s purpose, we will continue to be vital.
How about it? Want to be a part of Team Jesus?