No “Off-Duty” Sundays

Sunday morning, July 15, 7:25 a.m.

This past week my family was gone for a few days of vacation, and as happens occasionally, this meas I have no “official” responsibilities for this Sunday morning.

  • We have guest speakers giving the message, so no message for me.
  • I wasn’t even on the schedule for announcements, which means I won’t be leading the guest forum.
  • And, I won’t be teaching the 8:30 am class until next week.

It’s kind of strange to head into a Sunday morning with no official assignments.

But. it can also feel kind of freeing, as typically my Sundays are quite full.

For all intents and purposes, I’m off!

Or am I? Just because I have no official roles to fill, does that mean that I have no accountability for my Sunday morning involvement?

The truth is, none of us who come to church on a Sunday morning should ever embrace such a mindset.

So much of the ministry that takes place in a church never finds its way on to an agenda or schedule.

If we are, as Paul described in 1 Corinthians 12, a functioning body, then each person has a part to play as we gather as a church community.

Sure, there will be those who are scheduled teach classes, lead singing, or guide our times of prayer. Some people are assigned specific positions such as being an usher or a welcome desk volunteer.

But even if we don’t carry an official title or have a specific station, we ought never think that we don’t have responsibilities to fulfill.

The writer of Hebrews wrote:

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV)

Don’t miss the point from verse 25: the ministry of encouragement is a calling for every Christian to pursue when we gather as a corporate body!

Meaning, even if I don’t have an official job, I always have God-mandated job!

And our calling doesn’t end at the ministry of encouragement.

Bottom line, Sunday mornings are an opportunity for every believer to find themselves involved in acts of:

  • Encouragement
  • Exhortation
  • Prayer
  • Helps
  • Counsel
  • Listening

Truth be told, there is never meant to be an “off-duty” Sunday morning worshiper.

We all have jobs to do. Some are assigned to us by church leadership, but even more importantly, we have jobs assigned to us by God’s Word.

I may be “off duty” when it comes to the Sunday morning schedule today, but I can rest assured that God always has plenty of tasks for me to complete.

And they are just as important as the responsibilities I typically fulfill on any given Sunday.


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