Saturday, February 15, 2014

EVERYONE Who Believes is Part of the Body & has Something to Offer!

When it comes to volunteers in your ministry, most of them are probably people who you would describe with the word, "normal". By this I mean, they likely are people who have no serious illnesses or physical challenges. But, who might you be missing out on? Who might be able to serve even if they have an illness or physical challenge? When you think about recruiting, are there people who you "pass over" in your mind because they have an illness or physical challenge? If so, think about the following . . . 
  • In Colossians 3, God tells us, "10 Each of you is now a new person. You are becoming more and more like your Creator, and you will understand him better.11 It doesn’t matter if you are a Greek or a Jew, or if you are circumcised or not. You may even be a barbarian or a Scythian, and you may be a slave or a free person. Yet Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. 12 God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people. So be gentle, kind, humble, meek, and patient. 13 Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you. 14 Love is more important than anything else. It is what ties everything completely together. 15 Each one of you is part of the body of Christ, and you were chosen to live together in peace. So let the peace that comes from Christ control your thoughts. And be grateful. 16 Let the message about Christ completely fill your lives, while you use all your wisdom to teach and instruct each other. With thankful hearts, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17 Whatever you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks to God the Father because of him." Each of you who are believers are part of the body. Each of you! Do not exclude a "part of the body" because of an illness or physical challenge!
  • Consider verses 11, 12 and 15 in this way, "It doesn't matter if you have an illness or physical challenge, or if you have been passed over in the past. You may even use a cane, crutches and you might be in a wheelchair. Yet Christ is all that matters and He lives in all of us. God loves you and has chosen you as His own special people! Each of you is part of the body of Christ and you were chosen!" 
Keep the following in mind as you recruit -
  • Everyone - and I mean EVERYONE - who believes is part of the body of Christ!
  • As such, everyone - and I mean EVERYONE - has been chosen by God and has something to offer!
  • Talk to people who have illnesses and physical challenges and ask them what they can do. Ask them what they might be interested in doing. Do not exclude or put limitations on people - especially without talking to them to find out what they can do.
  • People with illnesses and physical challenges can pray. They can greet children as they arrive, take attendance, welcome visitors, answer parent's questions, be sure children who are absent receive a card, be sure children receive a card on their birthday, teach Bible lessons, lead small group discussions, and so much more!
  • Do not put limitations on people which their illnesses and physical challenges do not.
Remember, "Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people. Love is more important than anything else. It is what ties everything completely together. Each one of you is part of the body of Christ, and you were chosen to live together in peace!"

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