When serving as a pastor in Hong Kong some years back, I told one of our beloved sisters (aged around 23) that I would never hire her. In apparent shock, for she was looking for a job but still employed, she asked why? I told her that I was aware that she’d changed jobs 3 times over the past 4 years and had a habit of draining each job of all she could learn/gain and then moving on to wherever she might do the same again. Basically, the employers poured all they could into her growth and learning and then, just when she MIGHT begin to actually give something back in quality service, she departed for “greener pastures!” Truly, her actions represent a number of our “post-modern” circle of friends.
I wonder if churches sometimes experience this same thing? We see people grow up, become Christian disciples, maybe teach Sunday School classes or work with youth for a time, and then, the “call to greener pastures” overwhelms them. The opportunity to be a pew sitter in a nicer environment where things seem new and fresh draws them. Just at the point where they could truly make their greatest contribution to instigating change and growth for God’s church within their local home church, they determine the need to “rest or retreat” and can no longer to be found. Yes, these persons are missed in their church.
Obviously, FCBC is blessed with many dedicated church members who recognize their ability to significantly contribute where they are. The church is a voluntary body of believers who gather to serve in Christ’s name. Not all we do, or decide, is easy or simple to accept or support. Yet, let us be a body that welcomes the challenges of representing the Christ who taught us about sacrifice as we work through our difficulties and challenges together. A church is a ministering body that works together through the needs and struggles that come rather than a group of people that only seek the easy path. Let us be a people that welcome our God given task of reaching out daily in the name of Jesus to the lost of our world. With this dedication, we will daily ask what He wants to us do rather than just seek our own goals.