Pastor, you were created by God to make a difference in your congregation. What he told the prophet Jeremiah is also true for you: “Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work” (Jeremiah 1:5, NCV).
God redeemed you so you could do his holy work. In God’s kingdom, you have a place, a purpose, a role and a function to fulfill, and this gives your life great significance and special value, no matter how discouraged you may feel right now. You are not God’s child by this service, but as God’s child you were created for this service.
Make a Difference as You Serve and Lead
The Bible says, “You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you” (1 Peter 2:9, GW). Anytime you use your God-given abilities to help others, you are fulfilling your calling. In some churches in China, they welcome new believers by saying, “Jesus now has a new pair of eyes with which to see, a new set of ears for listening, two new hands for which to help and a new heart for loving others.”
You’re not only the eyes, ears, hands and heart of Jesus among your congregation—you also have the crucial role of helping the people in your care to become the eyes, ears, hands and heart of Jesus.
Your leadership is desperately needed in the Body of Christ, and no matter where you serve, it is a critical outpost for advancing God’s kingdom. Each of us has a role to play, and every role is important. There is no small or insignificant service to God; it all matters.
Likewise, there are no insignificant ministries in the Body of Christ. Some are visible and some are behind the scenes, but all are valuable. Small or hidden ministries often make a difference in the biggest ways.
Let me illustrate it this way: In my home, the most important light is not the large chandelier in our dining room but the little night light that keeps me from stubbing my toe when I get up at night. There is no correlation between size and significance. Your ministry matters because it matters to God, and you are crucial to the Body of Christ because we’re all dependent on each other.
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SOURCE: Church Leaders, Rick Warren