We have all heard the term Code Blue and most of us know that means someone has “flatlined” and their heart has stopped beating. Emergency personnel is called and equipment is used to “jump start” life back into a person in need. When a Christian “flatlines” in their faith it takes more than emergency equipment to give us life.
The first step in a Christian life is to visit churches and find one that you attend regularly and not just on Christmas and Easter. Once a home church has been dated for a while it is time to take the next step and become a member.
It is this stage where the code blue often occurs. It is easy to get into a routine of going to church on Sunday, cutting out coupons from the Sunday paper, grocery shopping and getting the kids ready for the next school week. Then comes Monday where we take the kids to school, go to work and begin our five days of count down to Saturday and before we know it we are hunting down our church purses and Bibles and begin all over again. We begin to notice little blessings but as time goes by we stop noticing them and call them “lucky breaks” instead.
A day comes when we are introduced to a thing called “ministry” and keep hearing people talk about serving others and how they love to be a blessing to others. This is when we get our jump start and blessings suddenly seem to appear and we learn that they have been there all along.
Now, I am not at a point where I feel comfortable laying my hands on someone, praying aloud or leading a Bible study group but I can make a mean pot of coffee and can cook spaghetti quicker than a pastor can give a sermon.
It isn’t what ministry one is involved in that matters but the heart that the serving comes from.
There is a point on the Christian Spectrum where one no longer awaits blessings to come to them and instead seeks those that they can be a blessing to. It is the point when we begin serving others and serving Him that we truly live in His presence. COTHA offers many ministry opportunities to “jump start” your walk with Christ.
This Sunday, we'll be hosting a Ministry Market. It's an opportunity to visit with the leaders in each of our ministry areas and get to know what's involved in each of those ministries. Your gifting may be in serving during the Sunday worship time. But you also may have a passion for mission and outreach work. Or your interests may lie with raising up the next generation. Or finally, maybe God has been nudging you to take the plunge and lead a small group of other Christians.
This weekend will be a perfect opportunity for you to explore your options.
See you there!
* Want to learn more about DIY - Sean breaks it down for us here - DIY 2017
** Wondering about your particular gifting? We have an excellent resource to help you get start - Spiritual Gift Test