Growing up I used to watch this cartoon called Voltron. It was kind of a hybrid of Transformers and Battle Cats, but in the show these space explorer guys would fight intergalactic battles by taking there tiger looking robots and combining them together to make one giant butt kicking robot. One robot would be the foot, one robot the arm, another would make up the body and so on, but the power of Voltron was found when all of them worked together to make this unstoppable robot stud. On top of that, the huge robot had this gigantic sword, which pretty much would dominate anything that came into it’s path so this dude was really rad to say the least.
Yep, I just said “rad”!
Now how in the world does this have to do with anything spiritual?
Glad you asked…keep reading and no I’m not starting a new cult or something.
As I was reading the other day I think that Paul was a Voltron fan before it even was a show. Check this out and see if you see it too.
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12: 4-8
Paul is reminding us that the church should actually look like Voltron! You see each of us has certain abilities that when used together with the abilities of others create the most powerful church possible. The body of Christ is the healthiest and most effective when it has it’s parts working together for one common purpose not when individuals do their own thing with their own power.
Ok, let’s get passed the retro-cartoons and cut to the real message here.
All of us have been given abilities by God not just to differentiate ourselves from one another, but also to compliment and strengthen one another. We believe this in college group projects, team sports, and even in our marriages, but somehow we fail to think that the church could be wired that way too. It’s our default to think that somehow the pastor or the people working at the church are the ones that make up the church of Voltron, but in reality we are simply parts of the bigger body too!
As the pastor of a church you need to hear me loud and clear.
THE CHURCH NEEDS YOU!
Now I don’t mean that in a begging way that makes the church look desperate and you look like Super Volunteer with a cape swooping in to save the day. I say that because the church needs all of us working together regardless of our God given talent to have the biggest impact on the world. That means that if you are a plumber by trade the church needs you. That means if you are single mom the church needs you. That means if you are a tech geek the church needs you. That means if you are a coach of a co-ed, golden retriever, juggling team the church needs you.
I agree that not all of us have been called to teach and preach. I wasn’t called to do a lot of things like male modeling for example and I’m ok with it…now. Never feel like your ability or your gifting isn’t “good enough” to be used by God. For crying out loud God used fishermen and tax collectors to be his first disciples and start his church so clearly the bar started low!
Here are my 3 key takeaways from this idea of the Church of Voltron:
- Join a church because God desires it for you.
- Get involved and get connected.
- Jump into an area and if it doesn’t work keep diving in until you find a fit.
Listen, I know that being in a church can be draining and, depending on where you are at, overwhelming. However, what I do know is that it’s the best headache you’ll ever be a part of in your life. Yes you are working with people that have attitudes, brokenness, and pride issues which may drive you nuts, but think about what God deals with on a daily basis with us and realize we aren’t always a treat to deal with either. Keep in mind that the reason the Church of Voltron works is so the biggest impact can be made for the Kingdom of God not the kingdom of me. God is most pleased when his children work together for His glory and His church works together to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Being a part of that is a powerful thing and the most rewarding thing you will ever be a part of.
Remember: You are always more effective working together than by yourself.