Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Your Ministry is Very Important to God (Easter Countdown 1)

The ministry of PCC matters to God. The people of PCC matter to God. As we head into Easter it is important that we realize that no matter how many people show up for the services, your ministry is significant in the eyes of the Lord.

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul uses parts of the human body to illustrate this point in the Body of Christ. “Some parts of the body that seem the weakest and least important are actually the most necessary….. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity” (I Corinthians 12:22-25 NLT).

True, some ministries are more visible than others. But ALL MINISTIRES are important. Never confuse visibility with importance. They are not the same.

Let me illustrate. The most important light in my house is not the chandelier in the dining room. It is the little nightlight in our bathroom so that I don’t trip and fall in the middle of the night. It’s a little light, but very important. The same is true in the church.

You may never get your picture on a web site, on the cover of a magazine, or even be seen on stage in a Sunday service.  As a result, you may think your ministry is insignificant. If you do, you’re dead wrong.

Your ministry matters to God. Whether you are teaching or singing on stage, teaching in a back room, cleaning a hallway, taking out trash, pulling security, mowing grass, changing diapers, answering phones, running the copy machine, ushering in the isles, or monitoring children, your ministry is vital and it matters to God (and it matters to me).  The Bible say God has put you where you are. Paul says, “I thank God, He put me into the ministry.”

Each and every week you do what you do not for your own enrichment or fame – but to see others make a fresh start with God. You work tirelessly to see the lost come to Christ, the poor be fed, the broken-hearted find love, and the disenfranchised find a voice. That’s what a real hero does. That’s what you do.

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