Commit!

Published on Dec 10th, 2014 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Commit!

Commit!

Go ahead, do it.  You know you want to but the fear of what may come is stopping you. Maybe you just need a little push and I am willing to do that for you today.  Jump right in and commit.  Say yes.  Take on the responsibility and figure out how you’re going to fit it all in later. You have counted the cost, you have weighed other options, you have waffled back and forth, you have sought advice, you have prayed and prayed, you have almost said yes a number of times…now it is time to take the plunge and commit.  I am not even sure what we are talking about but I have been observing people for a few years now and when it comes to ministry we are very hesitant to commit.  We are willing to pray about it.  We are grateful to be moved by God toward ministry.  We are burdened.  We see the need.  We give a little time.  We are willing to be part of something but we are often very hesitant to commit.  We are rarely willing to lead.

I have been studying the book of Philippians and I was moved by Paul’s desire to come and minister, in person, to the people of Philippi.  He really wanted to come and really believed that his gifts would be used by God in a great way in their lives.  The only thing keeping him from coming was that he was in prison and was waiting to hear whether he was going to be executed or not.  Now there is a good excuse.  Can you just imagine what this communicated to the Philippians’ heart?  They had to be encouraged and had to feel loved that Paul was so desirous of ministering with and to them.

Do you know what it does to a leader’s heart when they present a ministry vision and someone comes up and says that they would love to be part of that ministry?  When someone is willing to take on the responsibility of some part of that ministry?  That leader is overjoyed, strengthened, encouraged, motivated, grateful…need I go on?  Can I also share with you how rare that kind of response is?  We have become a people who always seem to give ourselves an out.  We give tepid responses of “trying” to be there or “I will probably be able to do that”.  There is no relief of burden for the leader when that happens.  There is no confidence for the leader to move on to the next burden of responsibility because that still hangs in the balance.  There is no real sharing of ministry.  I realize the awesome draw on our time these days.  I realize that committing to a church ministry often means you are in there until imprisonment or death…we have found, in the basement of our church, mummified remains of people who volunteered to do nursery one time 75 years ago and were never rescued from ministry.  That is our bad and we need to do better.  But let me encourage you today…commit to using your gifts and talents for the Lord.  Commit to a ministry or two.  Encourage your leaders by not giving some kind of tepid, non committal answer to a plea to help.  Follow the prompting of the Spirit of God and commit to carry some responsibility and take that little piece of ministry off of your leader’s plate.  That, in itself, will be a great ministry of encouragement.

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