I couldn’t help but think this week of all the things we have going on as a church family and all the people who are connected in some way. We have something happening at the church almost every day and night–and we are going through some major changes. Some of things we have going on are “at” the church. Other changes are happening “on” the church. It’s an amazing flurry of activity! In just about every arena, we are seeing growth and experiencing change.
As a church, we are a family, a partnership. We also have things that we are passionate about. Some of our folks teach while some work with their hands. Some are gifted in the creative arts, some sing, some are passionate about senior adults, children, or sports. Some don’t mind being out front, while others prefer to work in the background.
We all do different things, but with one purpose—to know Him and make Him known. Our overall goal is to glorify God and expand His kingdom. I looked around this week and was amazed at some of the things we are doing and the ways we are impacting the kingdom of God and our community.
To help us accomplish our ultimate purpose, each one of us has been given a spiritual gift by God. The Bible says, “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Cor 12:7). We use these gifts to serve one another—for the common good. My gift is not your gift. Yours is unique to you. Not only are our gifts unique, but they are also all important. My gift is not better than yours. We all have something very special to offer.
As your pastor, I just want to say that your work has not gone unnoticed. God sees what you do—and so do others. Thank you for who you are and what you bring to the table. Together, we are making a difference!