There are endless applications to these verses. In a marriage relationship, husband and wife should be thinking of one another. In families, each person ought to be looking out for the needs of others in the family. In the workplace, in the neighborhood, at school, in traffic, in the grocery store . . . there are ways to be putting the needs of others before our own needs.
Our church is in a situation right now that calls for much flexibility and for much humility and for a servant’s mindset. God has blessed us with a growing number of people attending our worship service. We do have some space for more people, but the room is getting pretty full. If a family were to walk in a few minutes after the service starts, they would likely have some difficulty finding a place where they could sit together. They might have already encountered some difficulty finding a parking place.
Thus there are some practical ways that we, as a church, can be thinking of others. It’s an exciting thing that God is bringing new people to the church! It is part of our mission that we want to see the Gospel go forth in this region. Therefore we should be excited to do all we can to remove logistical obstacles that newcomers may encounter.
I would encourage you to park further from the building, if you can. Arrive early and find a place to sit that is closer to the front or in the balcony. Maybe you could serve by being part of the greeter team, or by assisting outside to reserve some parking places for visitors.
You can also pray for our building search. Pray that God will provide a building for us that will allow us to serve more people and have a greater Gospel impact in this region. Also pray for your own heart that you will have a willing spirit to make the necessary changes as the church expands. We may need to add a second worship service on Sundays because of the limitations of our current building. These changes will not be easy, but let’s view them in the context of making small sacrifices for the good of others.
It is an exciting adventure we are on together. Let’s pray for God’s wisdom. And let’s see these transitions as an opportunity to exercise humility and deference to others. I, and the other elders, are certainly open to your insights as we navigate these matters. We appreciate your prayers and support.