Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

We all have tasks that we are expected to perform. Parents have tasks. The house has to be cleaned. The yard must be cared for. The children need supervision and proper care while they grow. Even the children have tasks. Most of them have some chores or jobs their parents expect them to do.

Even those who volunteer with various clubs and organizations have expectations placed upon them. There are many tasks that must be performed in order for the organization to function properly. Though the members usually are not paid, they are still expected to do certain things. Though they are volunteers, the expectations are no less demanding. Fulfilling these expectations ensures the continued success of the organization.

The Lord’s Church is comprised of volunteers. As Brian (our family minister) knows and reminds us often, God prophesied a long time ago, “Your people shall be volunteers, in the day of Your power…” (Psalm 110:3) This psalm of David was a prophecy about the coming Messiah. In the day of His power, those who would be called His people would all be volunteers—not like David’s people, the Jews, who were born into their relationship with God.

This prophecy has been fulfilled. Jesus the Messiah has come. His disciples “were first called Christians in Antioch” (Acts 11:26). Both Jews and Gentiles had been united into this organization when the household of Cornelius obeyed the Lord in baptism. This volunteer organization had an identifying moniker that has survived to this day. “The churches of Christ salute you.” (Romans 16:16) We Christians, volunteers, are tasked by our Lord to do fulfill certain responsibilities. Though saved by the free grace of God, we still have tasks to perform. Serving God—this is my task.