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8523_181794333893_660523893_3866171_7450441_nI was ready, I was ready, I was waiting and I was ready….I waited some more.  I wandered around and watched for the time they would need me.  It never came!  I was standing on the sidelines watching 30 or more construction workers building an Extreme Makeover Home Edition house in Kokomo.  It was exciting to be there in person and see how this monumental task of building a house in 7 days really happens.  All throughout the four hours I was there, I marveled at the amount of organization and managing of details that had taken place to reach that point.  It takes many, many people, each doing their job the way they’re supposed to, working together to accomplish it.  The great thing about it is that each person is happy to be there helping.  They’re eager to use their skills and talents to contribute and be a part of the outcome for a deserving family.  No one was doing things half-heartedly.  There was a lot of energy in the air.  I was wishing I had more construction skills so I could actually do something.  We did get to form an assembly line at one point to help unload a truck.  There were so many volunteers, each of us wearing our blue Extreme Makeover t-shirts and white hard hats, standing along the sidelines that they didn’t need all of us.  I guess that’s a good problem!

How I wish the Church operated the same way:  people eager to use their skills, to get in there and get going, working together, excited about being part of the outcome for people who deserve to know about Jesus.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if there were so many people ready to help that people lined up along the sidelines, just waiting and listening for someone to say, “okay, we need five people over here!”  Then they would rush over together with smiles on their faces, thinking “I get to help!  Finally!”

I guess in a way the pastor is like Ty, running along the row of workers, yelling in his bullhorn, “Come on!  Let’s get going!  Let’s get this done for the family coming home soon!”  Everyone else chips in and uses their skills:  the people gifted with hospitality walk among the others with trays of food and warm words of encouragement, those skilled at teaching show others how to work even more efficiently and effectively, those who are skilled with creativity would help design the project and figure out how to make it most beautiful, those gifted with faith would speak words of hope to everyone else and keep their hearts turned toward the goal, those gifted with works and service would be hard at work putting their hands to the job, those gifted with people skills and a heart for evangelism would be telling everyone around the neighborhood about the project and bringing more to see it and join in.   Before you know it, we’d see results and there would be joy as we watch God “move the bus” and show what He’s been doing through us all the while.  I’ve got my hard hat on, and even my blue shirt.  I’m ready to help.

“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.  If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.  If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”  Romans 12:4-8

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