FROM THE BACK PEW: Every Christian has vital part to play

Pastor Ed Brouwer dispenses wit and wisdom in his regular column to the Boundary Creek Times.

Believe it or not, every Christian has a vital part to play in God’s plan for mankind.

I Peter 4:10 As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

It is hard to imagine, but thousands of God’s dear children think that God can’t use them in a mighty way. They are often heard saying, “I know Jesus can use others … but He could never really u s e me.”

We read over and over again about the shortage of laborers….even in this very hour the work of the Lord is being greatly hindered because of the reluctance of His children to roll up their sleeves and get personally involved!

It is not uncommon to hear people putting themselves down. How many times have you asked someone what they do and after a short moment of silence they shrug and say something like:

“Oh, I’m just a cook, or I only fix cars.”

It is as if they are saying— “I really don’t do anything important.”

Unfortunately this mentality has drifted into the church.

Far too many of God’s children look to others and say, If only I was talented like that, or if I had their gifts. Somewhere along the line we began to give out a false idea that those in “Public ministry callings” are the only ones that God can really use.

To have a different calling does not mean it is a lesser calling!

There’s not one of God’s children who can’t be used if they are fully yielded to Him. No one is useless in God’s Kingdom! No matter what you can or can’t do God has a job for you…. It is not your ability but your availability that God looks for!

Folks, this may not be too deep or too profound… But the Work of the Lord is just that – it’s a lot of work! There are countless jobs needing to get done, so few willing to do them.

Our response as true Christians ought to be… “God if you need me just point me in the direction you’d have me go.”

The back bone of the church is ordinary people doing ordinary things. God looks for ordinary people to do—that’s it!

Romans 12:6-8 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching; Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it with simplicity; he that rules, with diligence; he that shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Besides the occasional opportunity to tell someone about Jesus, most of God’s children feel like they are literally wasting their lives away. They are bored and discouraged.

I‘ve got good news for you! God not only can use you, He is waiting to use you … if you’ll only let Him.

Please understand that it is you as a person not your ability that makes you valuable to God.

God raises up people as He sees they are ready …. not before.

Please understand that there are not better ministry responsibilities, just different ministry responsibilities. Colossians 3:23 .. whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men;

Matthew 5:1 Climbing Companions

 

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