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    Greg Laurie preaches on revival in America on Sunday, August 11, 2013, in Southern California.
By Greg Laurie, Christian Post Contributor
February 19, 2014|1:19 pm

As we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
- Romans 12:4-5

Sometimes people treat churches like restaurants - with a consumer mentality. I want to go to this restaurant. Oh, we went there two weeks ago. Let's go to this other one. . . . But the church is not a restaurant. The church is a family, and you need to be a part of the family.

You also need to engage. Maybe one of the reasons some people feel as though they aren't getting enough out of church is because they attend intermittently and don't commit themselves. But if they would settle in and become a part of what God is doing, it would change for them.

If you have been attending a church for more than a couple of years, then you ought to be involved in a ministry of some kind. You may not be called to preach, but there are lots of other things to do. There is something for everyone. The Bible tells us, "So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them" (Romans 12:5-6).

It's fine to come and be served in the church. But there has to come a point when you start growing up and decide to start serving. And then you will find that everything changes for you.

So let's stop thinking of the church as them and start thinking of the church as us. Be a part of the family. Take the gifts that God has given you, develop them, and use them for His glory. I suggest that church would completely change for us if we stop coming as spectators and instead join the team.

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