How good is a pot luck dinner? You know, when the invite to a party says "bring a plate to share"? I love those get-togethers. It's amazing to see what ideas people come up with, what they eat and how they present/prepare it! It opens up this whole diverse experience. I attended a pot luck style wedding when I was a young teenager and boy was the spread impressive. So much to choose from, it was amazing!
In our church. we have a very diverse group of individuals who have the opportunity to bring who they are to the table. That may mean being open and vulnerable amongst other Christian individuals that are going to inspire them and encourage them in their relationship with Jesus. For others it's allowing God to use the gifts and talents that we have to benefit others in the house. Sometimes the church has an outlet for that, sometimes we can create one, sometimes we need to be flexible to be a part of a team project, and other times we need to wait for the right season. Probably not great to start a surfing social group in the middle of winter! But who knows? Jesus does. We need to allow God to lead us in all that we do, say and start when it comes to bringing who we are to the table.
Another thing that we can bring to the table may not be a skill set, but is often a passion or vision for something in the church and subsequently the community.
As a pastor I love these discussions. When people talk about what they're passionate about and how the church can help empower, equip and encourage people to be released into such things. Of course there's always the issue of timing and resources, but don't stop the discussion! Whatever we have and whoever we are, we have plenty to bring to the table. The enemy would have us believe that we are of no worth, that it is a waste of time, that there are better uses of our time, that the road ahead is too tough, that it's too much effort, that others will do it, and so on.
We are the church. Not the church people, THE CHURCH. And the Spirit of God desires to use ALL of us! Pray, and ask God what it is that He is leading you into. What is it that you're passionate about, and do that for the good of the Kingdom of God!
The evil in this world would prefer to have you busy on worthless, fickle things. It'd prefer to have you sitting in complacency.
Get one thing through to the depths of who you are- you are saved by grace. This life and it's goodness is undeserving to us except by the grace of God. And with the true revelation of that, we can only live to serve and share the good news. That it's free. Are you saved? Then live like it! Be the truth to this world! And revisit what you're bringing to the table. Bring what God is calling you to!
Senior Pastor at Eternity Church.