Pastor's corner December 16th
This Sunday we will be welcoming five new members into Grace Fellowship. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about it – and I want to tell you why.
Taking in new members is a wonderful thing, because it means that people are identifying with our mission and feeling connected to our congregation. It also serves as a reminder that our mission matters and loving people makes a difference. The simple “yeses” we will hear on Sunday is packed with all that richness!
But, in this case, it is also more than that.
One of the things I remember hearing early in my tenure at Grace was related to the families that are part of the Wednesday kid’s ministry. The church was able to reach the kids, but the rest of the family was a bit harder to reach. I remember many prayers being prayed for the parents of these kids. I also remember watching the way parents were treated whenever they came to the church – wonderfully loved and embraced. It regularly moved me.
Point being that sometimes it takes time to see fruit from seeds planted. It requires faithful service when there are no immediate returns. God honors faithfulness. I am absolutely delighted that I get to witness these years of investment paying off. Several of those becoming members are a direct product of our Wednesday ministry to kids.
So, as these new families join our church this weekend, I hope everyone who has volunteered to teach a class, serve a meal, clean up the kitchen, pray for the ministry and/or put an offering in the basket on Sunday – remembers that each of you are an integral part of their spiritual journey. Without your willingness to serve and give (often sacrificially), we would not be seeing what we are seeing this weekend.
Thank-you for your faithfulness.
You did not become weary and well-doing. Therefore, the time for harvesting has come, because you did not give up. Well done good and faithful servants.
This week we are back to the Five Lessons I Have Learned About Being a Rebel. Let’s do a quick review of the first two lessons:
Lesson ONE – rebels who are remembered (for goodness sake), are not just against things as they are, they are diligently giving themselves to things as they should be.
Lesson TWO – the best rebels understand that respecting all people is fundamental in the pursuit of any goal, and under the Christian banner, love might even demand that we honor the “opposing” person over and above the cause.
Now to lesson three. This lesson is about passion and being patient with those who may not be as passionate as the rebel thinks others should be. Once a rebel embraces a cause, you can rest assured he/she will be doggedly determined to see it through till the end. That persistence is usually driven by a deep-seated passion that something must be done about this. For the rebel it is clear. It is also white hot. In a rebel’s mind it is inconceivable that anyone would be unable to see the importance of this getting fixed/changed. As a result, when they run into others who aren’t as passionate about the issue/cause, they can become indignant and rude.
Why does this matter?
It matters because rebels must understand that lasting change require lots of people getting on-board and doing their part – and the harsh reality is that not everyone will feel as deeply about the issue as the rebel does. That doesn’t make these people wrong. That doesn’t make them uncaring. It’s just that the rebel has been given their deep passion (perhaps even by God), because what burns inside gives the rebel perseverance in leading the initiative.
Lesson THREE – a passionate rebel must be persistent in the cause and patient with the people who don’t feel it as deeply as the rebel does. The rebel still needs them. If you’re the rebel - don’t alienate people. Lead them.