Obey That Knucklehead?...Come On!
Written By: Brent Weber
I’ll be the first to admit it. I don’t enjoy being told what to do and then having to obey some crazy rule that causes me to have to conform to some others way of thinking when I know it's not efficient, thought out, or even having an effective plan of execution...especially within my own church! I don’t like it because it restricts me, it places me in a position where I feel bottled up and limited. After all, I don't see them working with kids all week long for 52 weeks a year. I know 'Crazy', and at levels most have never seen, so I want freedom and I want it my way. However, rules are to guide us, to give us order to actually make life safer, more fun, and more enjoyable.
God gives us direction through out His word because He loves us and wants what is best for us. Without a doubt, He knows what is best, after all He is the creator of the universe, He breathed life into all of us, and is the beginning of time. God has the credentials and the know how of what should be done and needs to be done. Our obedience to Him shows respect and love. In our church setting, God has selected all of us leaders to be a team to work together as one body, even when we feel the body is losing parts. Let's face it, many times we're nothing more than a handicapped extension of Christ that needs serious surgery. However, God's grace covers us and empowers us even in our own dysfunctions to accomplish great things for His kingdom.
Working at church can drive us to levels of insanity that may be deemed unhealthy. However...let's remember as we work within the rules/guidelines/and parameters from our church leaders, we are honoring God by honoring them. That may seem hard to handle when you know a good 'jack slap of common sense' could fix the whole problem, but we should swallow our pride and use our hands for patting that other person's back as you remind them of your thankfulness and love for them. After all, God is working through them as well.
Let’s put forth the understanding that God knows best, and honor Him in all that we do. Let not our mouths only proclaim our love for God, but our actions as well.
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves."
- Phil. 2:3
Brent Weber is the Children's Pastor to large group worship at Perimeter Church, located in North Atlanta. His enjoyment comes in ministering to over 200 volunteers involved in putting together a weekly children's service that is engaging, and life changing; a true result of the body of Christ working together. Brent is married to Renae, and they have three kids who have experience in princesses, the color pink, weapons, and explosives; making for a wonderful mix of ministry and adventure within his own home.