The Best Church Member

There is no doubt that someone will read the title of this post and think I am about to describe them.  It is a natural tendency to think we are the best.  Sometimes false modesty will keep us from voicing this opinion, but our hearts often betray us.

Should we even care who is the best?  Probably not.  Should we be trying to be the best church member we can be?  Absolutely!  Who is the best church member?  Hopefully every one of us!

The truth is that each and every member of each and every church can try to be the best member.  Not that we are trying to be better than everyone else, but that we are striving to do our best, and be our best in everything that we do.  If we all do this, we are all the best church member.

There was an early American poet by the name of Douglas Malloch who wrote the following poem entitled Be the Best at Whatever You Are

If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley — but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.

If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass —
But the liveliest bass in the lake!

We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
There’s something for all of us here,
There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,
And the task you must do is the near.

If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail —
Be the best of whatever you are!

I like that poem.  It is early American, and kind of quaint, but the message is a great one.  Not every one of us can do everything in our church.  We are not all qualified to teach, or to sing, or to lead.  However, I believe that we are all gifted by God to do something in the body, and we should try to do that to the very best of our ability.  

Consider these Scripture verses as they relate to this idea:

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Ecclesiastes 9:10  Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest

Colossians 3:23-24 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance:for ye serve the Lord Christ. 

No matter what your gift, or what your level of leadership, service, or responsibility is, why not determine that you will be the best.  Be the best usher.  Be the best greeter.  Be the best 6th grade teacher.  Even if you are the only one, be the best one.

Be the best encourager to your pastor and the leadership.  Be the best listener to others.  Be the best at giving complements.  Whatever you do; do your best!

Sometimes we will be overlooked.  Keep doing your best for the Lord anyway.

Sometimes we will be misunderstood.  Keep doing your best for the Lord anyway!

Sometimes we will be mistreated.  Keep doing your best for the Lord anyway!

Remember, dear one.  God is watching, and He will reward your labor for Him.  I hope that this week you will determine to be the best church member you can be.  If you are not currently a member of a local congregation, then I encourage you to find one and join it, and the be the best member you can possibly be!  God bless you as you labor for Him!

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