We all want our lives to matter. It’s the reason we do the things we do. We chase promotions and leadership positions because we want to make a difference. We encourage our kids to go to university, get a good job, and make lots of money, in the hope that they, too, will make a difference.
There’s nothing wrong with wealth or influence, but those things alone won’t change the world and they aren’t what we were made for.
We were made to build the church (Ephesians 4:11-13). God made each one of us with unique talents, personalities and skill sets. When we ask Jesus into our lives, we’re given at least one spiritual gift. We get the most joy and make the biggest difference when we use our God-given talents, gifts and abilities to build the church (Ephesians 4:14-16).
We can all offer numerous excuses for not serving: ‘I don’t have time’, ‘I don’t know what I would do’, ‘I don’t have any special skills to contribute’ or ‘They don’t need me’.
But the reality is the Lord doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called.
God used men and women with similar doubts to change the course of history. Moses didn’t think he was a leader or speaker, but God worked through Moses to bring Israel out of slavery. David was the youngest (and the most insignificant) of all his brothers, but God worked through David to defeat a giant and eventually made him a king. Paul used to kill Christians before he met Jesus, but he went on to become one of the most highly-regarded and prolific writers/church planters in history.
God doesn’t just want to work through you, He wants to work in you.
I will be preparing the new roster in the coming weeks and now is the time to let me know if you wish to join one of the teams.
– VALERIE O’REGAN