Your Life to the Glory of God
It was [Christ] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:11-16 NIV84)
Dear Family and Friends of Our Savior:
In the above verses, the Apostle Paul is speaking about the work of the Church, namely, the purpose of the Ministry of the Gospel. What is the Ministry for? Why do we have this thing called a Christian Congregation? The quick and best answer is, "For you." Everything we have here at our church — the services, studies, opportunities for service, activities, etc. are for you, the Christian.
The Church is here "to prepare God's people for works of service." But what "works of service"? The quick and best answer is, "Everything we do in our day-to-day lives in living out the life that our God has so graciously given us." Sometimes people think that the only way to serve the Lord is to be a volunteer at church, or perhaps be involved in some charity work. While those are certainly admirable service opportunities, they are not the only ways. I'll even stick my neck out here and say that they are not even the best ways. Wow, what is your pastor saying, that "volunteering at church is not the best way to serve the Lord?"!
But I have to tell the truth. And the truth is: the best way to serve the Lord is in your lives, in your own vocation. Yes. We serve the Lord when we live our lives as moms and dads, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, widows and widowers, grandparents and grandchildren, as childless people, as single people, at work as employees and employers, at school as students and teachers, as retired people, as unemployed people, in our neighborhoods and communities, in charity work helping those in need, and o.k., at church, too, and everything else I've missed. The point that you should get out of this is that we serve the Lord best when we do everything to his glory, in thankfulness for everything that he has done for us in his Son, Our Savior.
To God be the glory.