“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Members to Be Counted On
(Please read 1 Corinthians 12:27)
In political campaigns, it’s known as “riding the coattails” of someone else. The expression is often used when a popular President is running for reelection and many candidates for Congress pledge their loyalty to him and his policies, hoping to share in his approval by the voters.
Sometimes it seems that Christians can be infected with that same philosophy. In this case the coattails belong to a congregation as a whole which is active and effective in the Lord’s work. While most of the members are deeply involved in its work, some may sit on the sidelines as if they expect the Lord’s approval of the group’s collective efforts will guarantee his approval of them.
That idea is not compatible with the Bible’s teaching, which emphasizes individual responsibility over and over. For example, Paul wrote, “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12, NIV).
Then what does God expect each person to do? That depends on a number of factors. The parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) indicates that the Lord recognizes differences in abilities among his servants, for the master put different amounts of money in the servants’ custody, to “each according to his ability.” And God has equipped us differently. Your gift may be a great voice and the ability to preach, while your cousin has neither of these but is gifted at making money. And so on.
If you haven’t found your functions yet, talk to the church leaders about it, pray about it and look for opportunities to be an active servant of the Lord – no coattails needed.