This past Friday evening, our worship ministry team got together for an end-of-ministry year celebration. We shared a meal together outside, the weather was beautiful, and I told the team how thankful I am for how well they serve our church Sunday after Sunday!
I then shared some thoughts from 1 Timothy 1:12 that I believe are relevant for anyone serving in any type of ministry. The apostle Paul is writing, and he says:
I thank Jesus Christ our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.
Each of us that have been called to serve in a ministry have been considered trustworthy to carry the message of the gospel to those that need to hear it. It doesn’t matter what area of ministry you serve in. You might be a helper in children’s Sunday school, an usher, an Upward coach, or the guy who gets called when the drinking fountain breaks in the lobby. No matter where or how you serve the church, you have been entrusted by God to be a part of the church He is building on this earth.
A few verses later, Paul talks about how he is the chief of all sinners, which makes the fact that God considered him trustworthy even more amazing. This is also true for every single one of us. I was once dead in my sin, deliberately rebelling against God, until He grabbed hold of my life and saved me. This is the good news of the gospel, and this is what we are entrusted with telling others about! Verse 12 goes on to say that we have been appointed into Jesus’ service. I don’t know about you, but I often lose sight of the fact that it is a privilege to serve Jesus with the gifts and abilities He has given me.
Our mission as a church is to be a loving community where ordinary people experience the life-changing power of Jesus Christ. Wherever you are serving at ACC, remember that YOU are a part of the mission, and God has appointed you to help fulfill it. I am thankful to be part of a church where so many people are using their gifts to serve the Lord!