“Something from the Spirit can be seen in each person, for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:7 (NCV)
“What is your ministry?” This is the question that is used as a greeting in a large church in Alabama. The pastor there decided years ago to launch a campaign where everyone would be in some ministry for God. The church got on board with the idea and before they knew it, their church was growing by leaps and bounds. Great work was being done in the name of the Lord! I’ve written about God’s plan for us but I haven’t often mentioned that there is a big overall plan that the Lord has for all who are called according to God’s purpose (Romans 8:28). In order for that plan to work everyone has to be willing to do their part.
Here’s where it becomes beautiful. When we accept a ministry in the church or the community to serve the Lord, not only does God’s will get carried out but we get fulfillment by being obedient servants! The whole world is looking for a way to feel fulfilled and here it is right out of the Scriptures!
Now I have heard all of the excuses; I’m too old, my health is not good, I travel too much, etc. I could list a couple of dozen. The truth is that there are no excuses. Everyone can do something. Some are better at prayer than others. Some can contribute financially easier than others. Some can be more active in the church ministries than others, etc. The wonderful thing about God’s plan is that there is no ministry more important than another just as the ear can’t say to the foot, “I don’t need you.” The person who adjusts the thermostats is of the same importance in the Kingdom as the one who preaches the Word or the one who picks up the bulletins after the service. Everyone works together so that the Body of Christ is strong.
God is filling Gulfview with great skills and talents. For all of you who call GUMC home, have you found your ministry(ies) in the church yet? Don’t be afraid that you will be “stuck” in that ministry forever. Just serve for month, a season or a year. The joy, peace, and fulfillment that follow are all yours to keep. And to God be the glory, Amen.
Pastor John Woodrow