One of the most incredible aspects of the local church is the power of people working together, offering their gifts to bring glory to Jesus. This week I was reading 2 Corinthians 4, where Paul reminds us that we have been given this ministry to declare the light of the gospel and to bring glory to Christ. What a privilege!
The beauty of ministering in music is that we’re better together. There’s power in one voice, but add another and you have harmony. Add an instrument and you have rhythm. Could we lead worship alone? Of course, but the body of Christ is meant to work together in unity. Sometimes it’s messy, but our God makes beauty from ashes, so let’s not lose hope!
How do we value volunteers?
We choose to chase unity through honor. We intentionally honor our people – seeking to build them up and encourage their hearts.
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. -Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. -Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)
What is honor?
Honor is not false praise or flattery. Honor is speaking life, truth, and love to one another; speaking what we see God doing in and through someone else. You and each person around you have been given good gifts from God – Hebrews 10:24 calls us to spur one another on to love and good works! This happens through honoring your people - valuing their gifts and leadership, and choosing to communicate encouragement.
What does honor look like when we live it out?
Honor changes our speech. It affects how we talk to one another – how we value each other when we gather, what we say on social media, and more! The truth is, the Bible teaches us that we are vessels of God – we are His temple, and in us dwells the very Spirit of God. We believe this is true, and because of this truth, we live it out through honoring others!
Each person in the body of Christ holds influence, and has the ability to point people to Jesus. There are volunteers that have gifts that staff members at church don’t have. There are people that volunteers can reach that staff members will never know or have the ability to connect with. The people serving in your local church have gifts and a calling from God. As leaders, our job is to equip those people for the furtherance of the Gospel (Eph. 4:11-12, Matt. 28:18-20).