In Forrest Long’s book “Turnaround-The Orthodox Purpose Driven Life” – he titles Week Four, Day 23 as Understanding My Responsibility. Ephesians 4:14-16 exemplifies that the whole body (our Church) is joined and knit together where every part does its share.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
When we think in terms of the daily conveniences found in our lives – how many parts and processes are necessary to make a cup of coffee and check the Internet – our ability to see relatives on a laptop screen or order one of hundreds of movies on our television. Then, consider how the lack of working parts impacts our daily lives – all those items that we expect to be available. As a Steward of our parish, think about the importance of the part that you play and the negative impact upon our Church if you decide not to give freely of your Time, Talents and Treasures. Even if 100 parishioners can commit $25 each month – that will total $30,000 per year. If they can attend three soup kitchens – they will provide hope to several hundred hungry brothers and sisters. If they can find the time to work in a ministry, the Understanding of Responsibility multiplies exponentially!