When I was younger I participated in clown ministry at my church. You may be thinking, “Duuuuude. What?! Stop playing. Wait…seriously?” Seriously. A handful of us traveled around our area dressing up in dorky clothes, performing humorous-because-they-are-slightly-dumb skits, and tying those awesome balloon animals. It was an…experience. But a cool one. It was a simple, yet effective way of making people smile and showing them Jesus. I, a.k.a. Bahama Bob, along with my associates even performed illusions (not magic, magic is frowned upon in the Bible so Christians use illusions). What kid doesn’t want to be able to do magic? It was cool, making stuff disappear and what not.
Growing up, I heard a multitude of men and women pray out loud: long prayers, short prayers, fast prayers, slow prayers, red prayers, blue prayers…you get my drift. Something I’ve picked up on (not saying it is wrong or right by any means) is individuals tend to ask God to open eyes and hearts, cause a new revival, or something to that effect. Sometimes I fear that we ask this in a way for Jesus to work His magic. Sorry, illusions. The Church was created for the sole purpose of serving Jesus, glorifying God, and proclaiming the hope and redemption we can find in Jesus. If we find ourselves sitting in our seats asking for revival but fully thinking that God will take care of it completely, we could be wrong. The Church is called to go and be. To ask for God to work, and we stand by and do nothing, how can we expect as much as a new face on Sunday morning? Take a look at Ephesians 4.
“And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head — Christ. From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.”
This may seem like a lot. But as you can tell I bolded some key elements. First, God gave some individuals the ability to teach and lead. He gave them these gifts to teach and build those in the Church to successfully do their work: pastors, teachers, etc teaching and enabling us to understand how to reach and teach–discipleship. We must be taught and learn in order to “build up the body of Christ” and bring Jesus to the faces of non believers. Secondly, we all have a distinct, important role in the body of Christ. As a human body doesn’t properly and effectively function with every body part working together, neither can the church. In Romans 12 we see this correlation again. We all have a part but not part has the same function. Members of the body of Christ have different abilities to perform different roles.
For a successful awakening/revival/whatever you want to call it to come ablaze non-believers, we must get out of our pews and jump into a world called unknown and uncomfortable. We must begin to utilize our gifts as the Church, work as one body, and share the hope, love, and redemption of Jesus. If we as the Church continually wish for God to magically make it better, but never more from our Sunday morning pew, what can we expect? God can perform miracles. He is in control of all. But God created us, created the Church for a purpose. If we cannot fight the good fight for Jesus, we cannot blame God for the lostness in the world.
Church I beg you: find your role. Use yourself to advance the Gospel and the love of Jesus. If your not sure about the whole Jesus/church thing, hit up me or Alex (he’s the other half of this who happens to write a lot better and more in depth about all of this “Jesus thing”). We’re on Twitter. The world is in an uproar. We all see it. The Church needs to be there. We need to be praying for God to change things. But we have to be fighting to change things.
Play ping pong. Drink some coffee. Love Jesus.