Who Is It?
Last week, the church ordained three deacons and a minister. I know, it sounds like a movie title, but it was anything but that. It was a revelation in sort of a way. We forget, sometimes, that our chosen leaders in the church aren't always selected randomly, and then they fill the capacity of serving the sheep. And while, at times, it may seem that is the case, we have to believe that thought, and even divine intervention, sometimes, plays a role.
"For such a time as this," " Here, I am Lord, Send me," and "You have been chosen," are all maxims which can be used to define rites of passage when we are faced with doing the Lord's work. But, lest we not be dismissive of these callings. For these are the same urgings received by Moses, Jonah, Joseph and the like. Because we are far away (in time) from these biblical occurances, we tend to sell ourselves short in what God may be calling us to do. He is still calling those who love Him to do His work. And, most times, the pomp and circumstance of an official ordination may be missing for the greater portion of us who may be called to serve. The minister can only be a minister, if he is heard by the sheep. A deacon can only be a servant with the cooperation of those who are being served.
These leaders being ordained admitted they didn't know why they were called, or they confirmed that some level of anxiousness existed for the task ahead. But, God said that he would not leave us or forsake when doing the work of the Lord. So, who shall be afraid? Who shall not feel worthy? Remember, many are called, but few are chosen. Regardless of the lead actor in the movie, just remember – we all have a 'starring role." And, the butterflies in the stomach, just like on opening night, will eventually fly away.
What are you being summoned to do? And, are you ready?
2 Timothy 1:9 (NIV)
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