Who’s worthy to serve in the church? When I first started TRYING to live for The Lord, I sang in a Christmas choir with a horrible hangover. I hope I was singing on key. It’s hard to tell when your head’s throbbing and you feel like you may puke. Most likely, had they known, I’d been asked to sit that one out. That never happened again, and fortunately, God chose to use someone as screwed up as myself.
I can tell you that my walk with God certainly has NOT been a perfect one. I’ve messed up so many times! Still yet, God has chosen to use me?! What’s up with that? I’m not worthy, and I sure don’t deserve that privilege! I used to think you had to be dang near perfect to serve God?! Thankfully, I now see that’s not true!
Suppose someone comes to church, and you just happen to know that they’re living with someone, and they’re not married. They even have children together, so you have proof that they’ve had sex outside marriage! Suppose that couple wants to get involved in church? Do you sit them down, talk to them, and tell them that when they start living right, they can serve at your church?
What if you have a young person whose struggling to find where they belong? Maybe you hear them cussing up a storm. Maybe you know for a fact, because your friend’s son heard from his cousin, that said kid was drunk as a skunk Saturday night. Maybe that kid is even questioning his belief in God, but that kid asks to help out with a church event. Do you tell them that you need to meet certain requirements before you can serve?
Those are just a couple of examples. I could point out so many more. What about those who come to church and , seemingly, have it all together; they teach Sunday school, and are there every time the doors are open; but secretly they’re cheating on their spouse, or they’re struggling with a porn addiction, or alcohol or drug addiction, or maybe they’re molesting a child? Some sin we can see, and other sin we can’t! Then how do we know who’s worthy to serve God?! WE DON’T.
If you know, or believe someone is purposefully living in sin, would it be better, as a church, to bring them in, allow them to help, and surround them with loving, Christian people; or to tell them they don’t meet our requirements to serve? I’m not saying to put them in charge of a ministry, I’m saying to include them in the church family. Yes, a church has to have guidelines. No one would have confidence in a church if they didn’t stand up for what they say they believe. However, if we continue to pick and choose who we think is “good enough” we could miss out on helping someone turn into the person God intended them to be!
How can we have an impact on people if we shun them? Did Jesus hang out with “good” people? Naw! Jesus did, and still does, take the “not so good” and turn them into great! We could be the only “Jesus” a person sees. Aren’t we supposed to be like Him? Don’t we have the Holy Spirit living inside us? Shouldn’t our desire be to love on those that the world tends to reject? I mean, if we REALLY lived out what we SAY we believe; if we thought someone was living in sin, shouldn’t we do everything within our power to help them?
We shouldn’t pick and choose who we want to include in the family of God. We should love like Jesus, and let the Holy Spirit do His job. He’s better at it than we are anyway!
Dear brothers, what’s the use of saying that you have faith and are Christians if you aren’t proving it by helping others? Will that kind of faith save anyone? If you have a friend who is in need of food and clothing, and you say to him, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat hearty,” and then don’t give him clothes or food, what good does that do? James 2:14-16