For years my way of thinking was the church was there for me to go and get revived, to worship with music and the preaching. I was just taking up space in the pew watching other people do all the work in the church, like the ushers, greeters, choir, Sunday school teacher etc. Did you know that when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord that he gives you a gift? Well he does and it is not the same gift for everyone, it could be prophecy, service, teaching, or several others.
The church is not the building that you go to but is the people who meet in that building and it is called the church body. Think of it this way your body and it consist of many parts the head, ears, eyes, arms, legs, and so on. Sure there are people who have lost some of their body parts and they know how hard it is to get along or around without these parts. That is the way the church is without your help at the building we call church. Romans Chapter 12 talks to us (me) about what we should do towards other believers and the whole church body.
12 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good andacceptable and perfect.
3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself [In other words it is not all about you or me] than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; [Hate what is evil and stay away from it] cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference[Give them recognition for the good things they have done] to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.[I know it is hard to do but by doing this you might just win them over.] 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, [I know it is hard for we always want to get back at someone but when we do we are just as bad as they are.] beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.