I like to leave encouragement cards to the wait staff at restaurants. It normally includes info about our church or my blog. Have you ever stopped to think about this difficult job?
They start their work day introducing themselves to complete strangers. They serve a beverage and take an order for the kitchen to cook up. Then they deliver the food and make sure the guests have everything they need to enjoy their meal.
They wait for the first course to be finished and clear the plates. They wait for the glass to get half full and then refill it. They wait for the meal to end and they offer dessert and coffee. Then they wait for the customer to leave and the process starts all over.
When you become a Christian, you are stepping into a similar situation. You are no longer a "customer" to sit and be served. You wait--but it's not the resting kind of "wait". You find your niche at church and you wait on complete strangers who enter the building. (The only difference to me is that guests at a church are not required to put anything in the offering plate. It's the members who are responsible for tithes...but then that's a whole other blog!)
You may be the greeter and deliver a handshake or hug, which is like a refreshing beverage to most.
You may be an usher, who finds a good seat for them or brings a chair for extra guests.
You may be in the worship team who delivers a taste of heaven--an appetizer of what is to come.
You could be in the background or "kitchen", cooking up new ways to present the banquet that is served by the pastor.
You could be with the kids...making sure they get their "happy meal" tailored to their spiritual tastebuds.
Or, you could be a Pastor--who knows exactly what God has cooked up and presents it in such a way that it is tantalizingly good.
A Christian without a church is like a waiter without a restaurant. He's ready to serve and finds it very difficult to serve out of his own kitchen. He cannot do it all alone.
People are starving in this world and we are called to feed, tend and care for His children. What are you going to do for your church today?
We are called to "Wait for the LORD," (Psalms 27:14a) because He gave us the Ultimate Head Waiter: Jesus.
It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Matthew 20:26-28