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Jesus is a Church Worker

 Hebrews 4:14-15

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

If you’ve read your Bible, you know that Jesus was the Son of God. He was also the son of Mary. He is God who became flesh, born of a woman. He is described in Hebrews 4 as our High Priest. And by my definition (those who love and serve God by obeying him), Jesus was also a church worker.

Giving him that description doesn’t demote him at all. He came to show us how to be what God wants us to be. He had to become human in order to get his point across. His sacrifice on the cross was something we couldn’t do. But his love shown to others was something he expected us to do – and continually get better at.

Because we have a merciful God, we know we can go to him and ask for help. God gave us many tools in the Bible. He tells us in Hebrews 4 that “the word of God is alive and active.” We’re supposed to use God’s word to help us in our obedience to God. We’re not supposed to judge others, but allow God’s word to judge our thoughts and the attitudes of our hearts.

In Matthew 19, Jesus had just spoken to a group about others whose hearts were hard. Verse 13 tells more. “Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.” Had the disciples not listened? Were they being distracted by crowd control duties?

Having just spoken about those whose hearts were hard, Jesus had to deal with his hard-hearted disciples who wouldn’t allow children to come close to him. The disciples had to learn that day that their job as church workers included allowing people of all ages to come to God. God isn’t just for adults. 

Jesus is our High Priest. He’s also our Teacher. He gave us words to use so we could judge our thoughts and attitudes. With God’s word as our tool, we can chip away at our ice-cold, hard-hearted attitudes and allow God’s warm love to penetrate our thoughts and change our ways.

Melchizedek is a Church Worker

Genesis 14:19-20
Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.

In Genesis 14, we find that five kings (including the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah) marched out against four kings. However, the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, leaving their cities open to trouble. The four kings seized the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and some people, including Abram’s nephew Lot.

When Abram found out that his nephew had been taken captive, he rounded up a posse from the 318 born in his household. The men strategized and pursued until they recovered the people and goods that were stolen by the four kings.

The grateful king of Sodom came out to meet Abram to receive the people who belonged to him. He wanted to pay Abram for his help, but Abram would only accept food for his men and a share of the goods for the men who fought with him. Abram wouldn’t accept payment for himself.

So where was Melchizedek in all this?

As soon as Abram returned from the victorious battle, he brought a tenth of the goods to Melchizedek, who served Abram bread and wine. He was described as Melchizedek king of Salem, priest of God Most High. Abram received this priest’s blessing (above) in Genesis 14:19-20.  

From Hebrews 7, we know that Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”, and king of Salem means “king of peace.” This priest was on hand to represent God in celebration of the victory. God had helped Abram get back what was stolen, and Abram knew it. Abram didn’t suffer from greediness because he knew that no man could make him as rich as God could. He didn’t depend on man for his wealth because he knew God.

Melchizedek was aware of Abram’s heart. He was available to Abram for the blessing from God’s priest, the king of righteousness.

Have you prayed for God’s blessing to be on the church workers in your area? I know they’re praying for God’s blessing over the Abrams of your town.

Jethro is a Church Worker

Exodus 18:23
If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.

The church is sometimes defined as a building, the whole body of Christians, or a group within Christianity. Therefore, the term “church workers” can only be interpreted by understanding its context. This month, I’m using the term to mean those who love and serve God by obeying him.

You and I cannot know if someone else is obeying God because God doesn’t check with us first before telling someone else what to do. We aren’t supposed to judge others, but we are supposed to help them.

Today, I am sharing the story of Jethro, the priest of Midian and father-in-law of Moses. I don’t call everyone a church worker just because others call them a priest. Some who call themselves priest are not serving God. In the same way, not all who call themselves Christian are God-lovers.

We know Jethro was a church worker because he was willing to help, rather than judge someone. He was a man who gave good leadership advice to someone who was trying to do too much on his own. In Exodus 18, Jethro’s example helps us see how to be helpful without being bossy and judgmental.

Moses probably took Jethro’s advice to God and asked him about it. Or at least he judged the advice according to all that God had taught him in the past. Moses knew God’s ways by that time. That was why the people took their disputes to him. As long as Moses was passing the teaching along to the others, there would always be someone to delegate those responsibilities to.

Some of us think we’re irreplaceable. We’re not. That’s a good thing. We show our wisdom when we learn from those who are wiser. We can learn to delegate responsibilities, which makes everyone happier.

I know God wants us all to be wise church workers. We have to realize that we can’t do everything ourselves. We’re only responsible for our small part.

Are you seeking God with me so we all can be wise church workers?