The Lord’s church is certainly not immune to such statements with natural, but unspoken, understandings. Some member will point out that weeds need pulling, but the member who does the pointing out means, without saying so, that someone else needs to pull the weeds. A brother or sister will come up to an elder or a deacon or the preacher and state that some member needs to be visited. But the brother or sister making the statement has no intention of making the visit himself or herself. Someone else, and the intended meaning is probably that an elder or a deacon or the preacher, needs to make the visit.
It’s good to notice things that need to be done, even better to be concerned enough to bring them to the attention of someone in a position of responsibility. But it’s best of all when we’ll notice something that needs to be done and then offer to take care of it ourselves. Especially is such an attitude proper, and needed, in the church. Each Christian needs to become involved in whatever ways he is capable and has opportunity to do so. Each of us needs to do our own part and help, where needed and as we are able, to see to the upkeep and beautification of the church property. And, each of us needs to be on the lookout for souls. Each of us needs to be aware of brothers and sisters who become sick, of those who are struggling spiritually, of any who become in need of some kind of help, be it physical or spiritual.
As we become aware of such, we need to be willing and ready to step in and do what we can do individually. Sometimes, we will not be able, on our own, to see to the needs. In such cases, we ought to seek out help from others within the congregation. But we should never harbor an attitude that just assumes someone else ought to do everything that needs to be done.
May God guide each one of us to be alert to needs within the congregation. May He guide us to be willing to help where we can and to be available in order that our talents can be used. There is great power in God’s people when we will band together and work together. Not only is there great power in such an effort, but there is also great glory to be brought to the Father through such an example. To Him be the glory in our lives!…