Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Break Thou The Bread Of Life"1 (Lyrics)
1 Corinthians 12:14 – Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. (NIV)
How many times have you heard someone say, "Did you see that? The pastor just walked right by me and didn't even say hello!" How many times do we get offended because the pastor didn't live up to our expectations or include us in whatever was going on? I know of a few who have left the church because of such actions or thinking. Instead, why not be the one who says "Hello!" to the pastor? He is distracted with preparations for the service, and he has other things on his mind. He is about to give a sermon on behalf of God for our benefit, so he deserves consideration and respect.
Others have been known to leave the church looking for another church that will do what they think a church should be doing. People can be so preoccupied with worldly thinking that they forget what the purpose of being in church is all about.
I cannot help but wonder if we all did our part in the church and in society what would become of us and the world around us. Of course, giving it a lot of thought, words started forming in my mind, and this is what I wrote.
Pastor's job isn't to meet and greet,
Have a coffee and take a seat,
To visit this one and visit that one.
If so, his work wouldn't get done.
I believe this is how he does his part:
In prayer, he asks what's on the Father's heart.
Then he knows what the sermon will be
And how it can help us, you and me.
Don't get upset but keep Pastor in your prayers
And know for sure, he really cares.
We hear the Word and we are filled;
We keep quiet so nothing is spilled.
We have to be bold and let it out,
Go to the rooftops and shout,
"Jesus is alive, He forgives you and me
And we can have life for eternity."
The World (hopefully)
Thank you for letting me know
Not only by words but how you show
The Father's love for each of us
And how we don't have to fuss.
You show how we are to forgive
And how God wants us to live.
Thank you for sharing and being bold.
Now my heart is full instead of cold.
Wow! all the things I did not know
And how in Christ I can continue to grow.
Can you imagine what would happen if our actions and words could help someone speak and feel that? Are you up for the challenge of sharing what is inside of you?
Prayer: O dear Jesus, forgive us when we point our fingers at ones who we think are not doing what they should be doing. Help us, Lord, to ask what You would want us to be doing in this world to help others come to know You. Holy Spirit, help us to start each day by asking, "What would You like me to do for You today? Thank You for using me." In Jesus' name, we ask. Amen.