The very notion of who is the greatest or most important in the church is anti-Christ. We have differing roles. We have differing functions. We have different ministries in the church, but we are members of a body, which must function as a complete and healthy whole if it is to exist at all.
In our body, an individual cell can be dispensed with without the body suffering, but no cells function can be erased without causing the body to diminish or suffer. Likewise a healthy church is not dependant for life upon any individual.
Which is most important in a body heart? Lungs? Skin? Bones? Nerves? Digestive system? Muscles? Eliminate any one of them and the body perishes. Some are invisible, others greatly visible, but visibility doesn’t dictate importance.
The purpose of the church is two fold. . . internal in ministering to those who are saved, and external in reaching the lost. In both cases we are talking of eternal salvation.
Eternity might be looked upon as an infinity in mathematics. There’s a funny and unique thing about infinities. In most any other mathematical equation, 2 times something equals twice as much. Multiply an apple by 2, and you have 2 apples. . . same with lemons, people, cars. . . atoms, stars, galaxies. . . any physical object multiplied by 2 equals twice as many of them.
An infinity is different. Multiply an infinity by 2, and you still only have an infinity. The spiritual implication of this is that there is nothing more weighty and important than the eternal salvation of one.
There is no greater purpose in the church, than your ministry. There is no role more important than the one child asking a question of the Sunday School teacher. . . nothing is more important than the church bus driver helping the old lady getting on the church bus. . . or the first time visitor asking a question of the greeter in the church foyer. . .Even those ministries not dealing directly with people, might be thought of as internal organs of the body.
The lungs never see the light of day, but without them the body quickly dies. Without cleaning of the church, the building becomes filled with filth, attracts vermin and illness. . . Without skilled laborers in the kitchen, church fellowship dinners are distasteful or worse. Without careful attention paid to landscaping, and building maintenance, the church becomes unattractive, reflects poorly upon Christ, and gives Him a bad testimony.
There is no one more important than the one to whom you are ministering to at the moment, and no matter what your role in the church, there is always someone impacted by your ministry.
Pray without ceasing. . . pray as you sweep. . . pray as you cook. . . pray as you shovel snow or prepare to preach or to drive the church bus for the Spirit of God to shine through you and through your labors, to bless those who partake of your labors and to help lead them into an eternal fellowship with Christ. . .