I don’t know if you have much of an opportunity to be at our church (Manassas Baptist in, strangely enough, Manassas, Virginia) during the week other than on Sundays and Wednesdays, but if you do, I think you’d be surprised and pleased at how busy it is and how many volunteers are bustling about. We have a number of ministries and programs that operate during the week, among them the church preschool, the Counseling Center, several AA groups, a Montessori School, a Catholic school, ESOL classes, home schooling groups, sports leagues through the year, support groups, clothes and food closets, and probably several other things I’m not aware of.
I had occasion to be out here quite a bit last week as I was trying to finish rehabbing a screen door. I must have seen dozens if not hundreds of people moving through and about the campus, and many of them were volunteers, willingly giving of their time. It struck me that this was a picture of the Kingdom: servants of God using their talents to build up the body of Christ. It seemed fitting that we finished (or began) the week with a church-wide picnic which showed the diversity of our people, their good will and their willing spirit. From painting the building to maintaining the grass, the servants of God are about doing good. Praise God for talents and energy used in the cause of the kingdom!