A Good Reminder from an Unlikely Source
The other day, I sat down to noodle around on my phone and ended up watching all of Avengers: Age of Ultron, because.....I use my time wisely?
It's your typical, classic story about a God of Thunder, Incredible Hulk, a man in an iron suit, a guy who's really good with a bow and arrow, and a bunch of other superheroes taking on a computer program that comes to life and makes his armor out of Vibranium, the metal that comes from Wakanda, home of Black Panther.
You know...that old chestnut.
I started watching it just to turn off my brain for a little bit but instead found one little line quite interesting and it made me actually think darn it.
Ultron, the (spoiler alert) bad guy, goes to a city to destroy it, and the Avengers come to stop him. Before the inevitable carnage ensues, they have a moment of dialogue, and they meet in...a church.
Ultron starts by saying:
“Did you know this church is in the exact center of the city? The elders decreed it so that everyone could be equally close to God. I like that. The geometry of belief.”
If he means what I think he means, I do, too.
The Bible talks about our access to God is solely through Jesus Christ (1 Tim 2:5-6). That forgiveness is available to all. You are and can be as close to God as any pastor, priest, or missionary you know. But it goes farther than that.
One of my favorite passages, probably because it has my succinct job description in it, is Ephesians 4:11-14.
And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds, and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
What is the job of a pastor/elder/shepherd?
My job is not to do all the ministry. It is to equip you to do it.
So let's do it. We have such a robust history at Rockland of using our collective gifts for the glory of God. My concern is that COVID has gotten people out of sync in that rhythm of service. I get it. We just need to get back to it.
Or maybe you have never been involved in serving, or new to Rockland in general. There is no better way to get to know people, feel like you belong here, and no better time to start.
Send me an email. Reach out to an elder, deacon, or staff person. Let us know about your gifts, your interests, and we can help you get connected. Let us know your probable timeline of when you want to get back to it so we can work with you! This is how the church works.
The measure of how strongly we come out of COVID as a body is going to be directly proportional to how we as a body serve one another and the world.
How can we help? Call me. Come by. Email. Fax. Send me a carrier pigeon.
Whatever you need. I am always glad to talk to people who want to use their gifts to serve the church and the Lord.
It's my God-given job, and I was reminded of that this week.
Thank you, Ultron.
See you soon!