Food for thought: It has been said that it is about 6% of the body of Christ that does about 90% of the work? Perhaps it is because that 94% have not been taught by ministers that all in the body of Christ has been called to be a minister of the Gospel, ambassadors for Christ and a royal priesthood.
So, is it we in ministry that are causing much of the problem if we are not teaching that all in the body are called to be ministers? I mean in the end we will be standing in front of God and giving and account as to what was accomplished, even though scripture tells us that we can do all things through Christ. Of course us being able to do those things is dependent on our beliefs, whether we believe scripture or not and also has to do with the condition of our hearts. If our heart is right, then we, if we are willing to walk together can accomplish all things through Christ.
Think of it we could end starvation, homelessness, reduce crime and even reduce drug and alcohol abuse. The question is "do we as ministers, believe that it can be done and are we actively doing anything about it?"
That obviously is where the rubber meets the road. Are we teaching our congregations, what Jesus really did for us in giving us all power and authority in heaven and earth in His absence or do we even believe it ourselves.
Now many seem to like to teach that God is in control, but that doesn't work well if it is the body of Christ has the power and authority. Will we be judged as good stewards of what we have been given? We have to take into account that good works have nothing to do with how well we preach and teach or even if we are able to build great cathedrals that all can see, but really has to do with how much we actually love one another.
We all like to quote where all it takes to be saved is to believe, but what about where Jesus tells us that we do not love Him or even God if we do not keep the commandments or if we do not overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the words of our testimony? Or how about learning to be led by the Spirit of God? How about the part where Jesus tells all "that they will know that you are mine by your love one for the other."
Are we really preparing the congregations and are we working to motivate all to find God's plan for them in their purpose and calling. Isn't salvation really knowing God's plan and then learning how to walk in that plan, being led by the Spirit of God. Many today are no longer coming to church and why not if we are really not equipping them or even telling each that what is expected out of all of us, which is a real change of the heart. If our hearts have really changed then we will be seeking God for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Think of the difference that would even make on earth if all believers, just simply prayed and asked God that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. That would be a huge start to turning things around.
Yes we have been given the ability to fix it if we spend our time wisely and actually work to fix it. It all starts with us standing with each other in our calling and purpose, then it is teaching the whole body to do the same. You see people learn more by what we do than what we say.