If you’re a Christian, every week you probably do what believers have been doing for the last 2,000 years—you go to church. And if you were raised the way I was, you’ve been doing this since early childhood. But have you ever felt that you are needed by those who attend with you? Would it matter to anyone if you just stopped going?
Every member of the body of Christ has a function, and no job is unimportant.
Feeling insignificant is not a new problem in the church. There were some people in the Corinthian church who felt they had little to offer, compared with others who seemed more gifted (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). They didn’t feel qualified to serve because, in their opinion, there was always someone else who could do it better. Is that how you sometimes feel? You hear of a need but you look at yourself and think, Oh, I could never do that.
The truth is that every member of the body of Christ has a function, and no job is unimportant. God places each Christian in a local church with intention and purpose. What’s more, He has given every believer a spiritual gift with which to serve. If one member doesn’t use his or her gift, then the entire body suffers as a result.
You are needed by the people in your church, and you need them as well. My prayer is that through these devotions, you will learn more about this amazing entity known as the church and recognize the importance—and blessing—of being an integral part of it.