And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…(Ephesians 4:11-12 ESV)
Building up the church doesn’t just mean becoming a member and attending Sunday service. That is just the beginning of your ministry. The intent of worship is to praise God and feed your soul with his word so that you become the church out in the community. It is not a time to be critical of the sermon or judgmental about the music. It is a time to be unified as a body of believers and to encourage each other to live out the week in Christ. I once saw a church sign that said, “You are now entering the mission field.”
Now how true is that? The Lord has given you a spiritual gift and a message. So go out there and be of service to someone today by using what God has given you. What good is all that Bible knowledge if you just keep it to yourself? What good is studying Scripture if you don’t apply what you learn? We can preach the gospel by speaking or by doing. But if we don’t do either one, then our faith is as good as dead. At least that is what the Apostle James has taught us.
A sure way to build up the church is to be an effective witness by making people more curious about Christ and his teachings. We just have to be ready to respond when Jesus presents an opportunity to us. They may end up asking you about what you believe and how the Lord has helped you. They might even be going through some difficult problem and wonder if anyone cares. That might just be you. Whatever the situation, just be ready to serve anyone, believers and non-believers. There is no need to be afraid of non-believers. They are people like you and me. The only difference is that they haven’t met Jesus yet. You might be the only one to bring them together through prayer. What a great privilege that would be!