Philip at “Churchless Christian” has written an excellent post called “Reflections on Gathering Together“. He makes many of the same points that I’ve made on my blog. Of his five points, this one is very important to me:
I really try and remind people when they gather that they should spiritually and physically (eg food) give something to the gathering and take something from the gathering. If everyone does that it is a powerful time in Christ.
I’ve talked to many believers who understand that God desires to work through them using the spiritual gifts that He gives them. But, when it comes to meeting with other believers, they do not think they have anything important to bring to the gathering. Some feel that others within the body are more important, and perhaps their gifts are dispensable, contra 1 Cor. 12:22-24.
God’s plan for growing the church, at least according to Eph. 4:16, is for each believer to do his or her part. As each one serves in the power of God and speaks as God directs (1 Peter 4:10-11), God is glorified. While the meeting of the church is not the time for prima donna believers, it is also not the time for passive, sit-and-soak believers. The meeting of the church is a time for all believers to come together in order to edify one another.