Toward the end of the meeting I asked what would some options for a contrast to consume. One of the men immediately said, “Contribute.” He nailed it.
There were several conversations about how to move from consuming to contributing in the groups.
Nehemiah 3 (here @ Bible Gateway) came to mind. The passage is a list of names and the part of the wall on which they worked. A great work cannot be brought to fruition without many hands coordinated and joined by the same vision.
The Body is a great work.
Ephesians 4:11 – 16 (here @ Bible Gateway) tells us that the growth of the Body is a function ALL of the members contributing based on the exercising of their gifts in the Body.
It is not an easy transition from consumer to contributor, but it is a transition for which we are all called to make.