Thank you, Laity
by Emanuel County Live | November 17, 2004 12:00 am
Chaplain Judy Davis
Scripture: But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member where were the body? But now they are many members, yet but one body. An the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more these members of the body, which seem t be more feeble, are necessary. —I Corinthians 12:18-22.
Last week, the article stated “Thanksgiving for my fellow ministers.” This week, I want to express Thanksgiving for the laity. The laity must stand by their minister, and it is imperative that ministers stand by the laity with appreciation. The time has come for us to support and encourage partnership. While recognizing the importance of the role of the minister, and no one can take their place in order of responsibility in the church, we must come to understand that any Christian is a member.
God’s partnership plan is for the local church. It’s when every member of the church finds his/her place of service that the work “in the kingdom of God” is easier and more productive. It is when we work together and do what we are called to do, that the plan works. The laity does not work to be seen or have their named called or receive awards. The laity’s heart does not ask the church what it can do for them but what they can do for the church. That deserves and must receive a “thank you.” I have written page after page of detailed “thank yous” to the laity only to realize there are many unnamed as I have named, so I resolve to say for all you do, Thank You, Laity.
Thanksgiving to the laity is appropriate. There are two sets of words that keep relationships healthy. One set is “thank you” the other set is I’m sorry.” This is a special time of the year when we should recognize and say thank you to everyone in our life, especially in the household of faith.
A couple of years ago, overnight, I lost the sight in my left eye. Now that I have only my right eyesight, I get up each morning and thank God I can see. Sight is so precious; the body has many precious members. The truth is better that I lost my left eyesight—I didn’t get up every morning and say thank you to the right eye. Could we take time Sunday to turn to our congregations and say thank you to one another. You are precious, laity.
According to the word, we are joined together and one cannot say to another you are not important. The body without a member is a handicap. And the member cannot give without the body. I have seen a body without a leg walking down the road, but the day I see a leg walking without a body, I will faint. No leg can exist without being joined to the body, Laity, the church needs you and you need the church. Again, thank you God, for my fellow ministers, and thank you for the laity.
“Now, thank we all our God with hearts, hands, and voices who wondrous things done in whom his world rejoice!”—
Chaplain Judy Davis, Reaching Outside the Walls Ministry.