Back to Reach | Devotion #6: Toilet
John Carter | Director of Operations
After covering Reach, Gather, and Grow, we all can recognize areas in each of our lives where we can improve. The tendency might even be to exclusively focus on ourselves for improvement. Looking inward is a critical aspect of a believer in Christ as we always need to examine our motive for why we do what we do. Keeping it in line with God’s Word and making sure we are following God’s will and not our own is often easier said than done. With all this examining we do, it can be easy to forget that we also need to act.
James touches on this brilliantly in chapter 2. In verse 15-17, he says, “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” Later in verse 26, he says, “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.”
As I think about this devotion and contemplate the things we have already heard about in Reach, Gather, and Grow, I cannot help but think that this would be the natural progression for us. It takes all the inward changes and turns them into visible outward actions. It will look different for each of us as we each have different talents and resources. Consider how God might use you to influence or minister to others. You might say, “I do not know anyone lacking in cloth or food.” Do not miss the point, that was just an example, the point is our faith produces action. Maybe you see someone hurting, say something nice! Maybe you see someone that sits alone in the gathering, sit with them and befriend them! Maybe you know someone struggling to understand the Bible, offer to go through it with them!
Part of my job is to make sure that all the buildings are ready to go for gatherings and different events. One of the most important individuals in the church is the one who cleans the toilet. No one wants to go to a place where the bathrooms are not clean. The people that do this are often the people you do not see or hear, but their faith in God is louder than ever because their actions show it. You may not be an outgoing person, but trust me when I say there are ways you can get involved and help. We need people picking up trash, cleaning windows, mopping a floor, stacking chairs, painting, building, swinging a hammer, and the list goes on. The list is the actions of people you never see or hear that make all the difference in the world to the person that may not know Jesus. If you asked any of them why they do it, they would say, “Jesus!”
Sometimes our actions that influence and or minister to others are the ones that no one ever knows we do for them. There are these people at every location; they understand that they do not just go to church, they are the church. They want that person that walks through the door to feel as welcome and comfortable as possible. I have heard it said like this, “I would hate for someone to miss out on the Gospel because I forgot to put a roll of toilet paper in the bathroom.” How can you put your faith into action today? Take all the inward changes you have been working through and put them to use in outward action.