Here is the church. Here is the steeple. Open the doors, and see all the people. Not just people, but the body of Christ. We want everyone to see what we see. We see encouragers, teachers, servants, givers, leaders, and mercy showers. Living sacrifices. We notice the sacrifice of time, the sharing of gifts, and the treasures of your generosity. Each Sunday, over one hundred people come together to carry out the mission of the church. Every day, normal people, sinners even, but disciples.
“16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20
The interesting thing is that a vast majority of those people are volunteers. People just answering a call to serve. We acknowledge that there are some we do not even know about. Answering a call doesn’t come without sacrifice, though. Think about Jesus’ first disciples.
18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. Matthew 4:18-22
They gave up their livelihood, left their belongings on the beach, and answered the call to follow Jesus. Can you imagine how difficult that would be? Your humble service at Messiah does not go unnoticed. We see Scripture living, working, and serving in and through you.
“4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12: 4-8
You are the body of Christ. Your gifts and talents are a blessing to those you serve. We are humbled by your willingness to help people connect to Jesus inside and outside these walls. You may be too humble to accept a thank you, but please know we certainly thank God for you.
By Wesly Pinkston, Messiah’s Connections Coordinator and Summer Camp Coordinator.