And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
If we did research on any successful person in this world, I would have to guess that most started with a very humble beginning. We see this very thing throughout the scriptures. When most, if not all, started as nothing, but because of their willingness to say "yes" God was able to use them for His created purposes.
I'm no different, although still a work in progress, I often have to remind myself that I didn't start this journey intending to be in ministry one day.
Oh, by no means would this incredibly shy person ever have thought that I would be leading a church one day. If the truth be told, I fight this debilitating shyness with every step I take. You might ask then, why do you do it? Well, answering a call from God means a step of faith, totally surrendering to God's will, trusting in His mighty power and relying on God completely, Through His Word, for example Paul tells us in Philippians 4:13, "For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength."
However, there comes a point where I realize I am human and not superwoman. I have my limits and can only do so much. That's where all of you come in. We all must remember that the church is not a building, the church is the people and the mission of the church is to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Neither is the church the pastor. The church is the people. The pastor and the people are a team.
What new thing is God asking us to do at Our Savior United Methodist Church? I have been here for one year. And what I am seeing is that there are a lot of gifts sitting in the pews. My question to you is, "What gifts are you withholding?"
God created you. In you, His creation, He gave you abilities to do something no one else can do. What new thing do you wish your church would do for you, your family or your community?
Let's move into this next year thinking outside of the box. Trying new things. Lay down the excuses and let your desires be known.
Trust me, no matter what age you are, if you have a desire within you that you are trying to keep secret from the rest of the world, God will reveal that desire one day and He will use it for His Glory. God always gets His way!
Psalm 37:4 says, "Take delight in the Lord and he will give you your heart's desires." God has created you for a purpose! What is it? Move onward with me, we are a team...