The season of Advent is about getting ready. Not getting ready to put up the Christmas decorations, but getting ready for the return of Christ.
For us Anglicans, it’s hard. For generations we have been used to the ‘priest centered’ style of leadership. It wasn’t that long ago that someone told me that I was paid by the congregation to preach and celebrate the Eucharist and that I was short changing them if I let someone else preach or lead. There is still the expectation that the minister must personally visit everyone in the parish. Well times are changing.
If the church is to survive and to be ready then it must release its members for ministry. Only this morning I was reading the passage from the Book of Romans, Chapter 12, verses 1-8 – you know the scripture that says:
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.”
There are no unimportant ministries in God’s church, every ministry is important.
Rick Warren in his book ‘Purpose Driven Church’ states that God calls all believers to minister to the world and the church. Service in the body isn’t optional for Christians. So what lies in store for us in a world which is changing at such a dramatic pace? Well God knows, He has prepared something for all of us to do according to our gifts and talents. He is only waiting for us to say YES. I am ready.