Participation Not Optional

Each month I go to many meetings, with all different types of people. Throughout each meeting, I have the opportunity to observe the different characteristics and attitudes members exhibit. I have learned from observing (even from being active in different organizations throughout life) that although involved in a certain group, not everyone participates. Sometimes people are just in the group for status or so they appear to be involved.

Observing the different interactions sometimes reminds me of the times in high school and college when I had to do “group projects”. Not great memories of many of those experiences since many group members chose to ride the heels of us go-getters for their letter grade. Their agenda was just to get a passing letter grade, look good enough to their teacher and make it to their graduation. What a frustrating time for me at times.

It’s easy to discover people’s reasons for being involved since their actions speak louder than their words. It’s also easy to “get away with it” or skate by or skate by with the group’s accomplishments without participation.

But in God’s kingdom, participation is not optional in His calling as a disciple. Someone else cannot get you that “A+” or hold your group, ministry, marriage, friendship, relationship together. It takes each of us to do our own part. And you can’t “fool” the teacher in this instance. The fruit of our actions has an effect as we are all part of the body of Christ, each called to do our part.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 16:58

My challenge: remember what God has called you to do. And don’t just skate by on good behavior. We all are called to do our part, and if I try to skate by on my end, there is a part of the body missing. Not to mention, I’ll be missing out on a lot of joy I can experience by doing God’s calling, which I would never understand if I skated by. Plus, skating by isn’t really my style, I like a challenge! Join me, will you?

“And in that day you will say, ‘Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; make them remember that His name is exalted.” Isaiah 12:4


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