1 Peter 4:10 (nlt) --- God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
We have some super gifted people at The Community Fellowship. I watch every week to see who God brings in to see how He is gonna work, and what often amazes me is the talent that is already here. Just have to go looking for it, inspire people to use it or just help people find a place to serve. Have you noticed, as I have, when people are serving they are happier? That is a fact.
Our back2school outreach event is only 3 days away, and this week has been full of things happening in our building. The week has also been full of answered prayer. That is what God is about. When we put our mind to the work God has given us, God shows up and God shows off. Why? It is because God wants to touch people where they are with the best that He has to offer. That is life. That is real life. Far too many people are living defeated and depressed lives because they have not started using their gifts.
People who see the need and who catch the vision get busy with the work to be done. I love to get people to serve. It takes volunteers to make ministry happen. Lots of volunteers. This weekend we hope to have over 130 people serving. Why so many? We also plan to see over 1,000 people come through our doors (maybe more).
Nehemiah 2:18 (nlt) --- I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me and also about the king's words which he had spoken to me. Then they said, "Let us arise and build." So they put their hands to the good work.
Nehemiah was a gifted leader that got a vision from God. He shared that vision with others. Then volunteers got involved in the work. It was God's work. What can I learn from Nehemiah? What can we all learn from how the people responded to the vision God gave?
One of my favorite verses is what I will close with today. I believe that we not only please and honor God when we start serving, but when we serve, we inspire others to do the same. As a pastor, it gets me more and more excited to watch people move from spectator to participant. From taking to giving. From just siting to volunteering.
3 John 1:4 (nlt) --- I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.