Borrowing another famous line, I love it when a plan comes together! And threads of God’s mission/ministry stories always seem to be visible when we need to see them most. We got to see one of those threads last night. And it will bless you because it’s just another piece of the ministry you make possible.
Our week-long dive into the Sermon on the Mount could not be going better. It’s been a very good session and I didn’t think it could get much better. It did. We had two new students come to class last night. I knew both men were first-time attenders. My mental checklist included:
- Get personally acquainted after class
- Find out about the churches they serve
- Learn as much as possible about their backgrounds
- Ask them what/who brought them to class
That wasn’t a long list. And by the time class was officially over I was even more excited to go through that list!
After class each revealed they had been invited to attend the pastor training school. Their invitations had been extended by existing class members. There’s a lesson in that. And it isn’t a new one. Andrew gave an invitation to his brother, Peter. You know the rest of that story. It was God’s plan working itself out as He intended. So don’t let that little insight be wasted. There are people all around you who will join you in worship, a Bible study, or a discussion group…IF you just invite them. That was one way ministry was revealed, but it wasn’t the only way.
As I was wrapping up the last teaching session I asked for a little feedback. That’s fairly common. It gives the students one last opportunity to comment or ask questions based on the entirety of the day’s material. Both of the new students commented. And their comments were a confirmation that ministry has really taken place. That’s important for multiple reasons.
First, we ought to be content to do what the Father has given us to do because it’s our role in serving His Kingdom. It’s a good thing He included Psalm 103:14 in the Biblical record. He knows we need a confirmation every now and then. We need an occasional glimpse into how He is weaving a tapestry from our combined efforts. And at just the right He let us see that very thing. Well, last night we got to see it and heart it!
The featured image was taken after class. Our two new students in the evening section of class are between me and Marv. The older pastor spoke first. He was very complimentary of what he had heard. His lengthy remarks were concluded with this line:
As a pastor, I was strong when I came here tonight. But I am going home even stronger – and I am so thankful for what I have found.
We have seen weeping in class this week. Eyes have been opened to the truth of the Gospel – as opposed to the teaching of cultural traditions. Jesus’ sermon challenges all of us. And I am happy to report that these pastors and church leaders are not backing away from the challenge. It’s quite the contrary. They want to embrace it.
Encouragement For You
One of the joys of my life is when God ‘pulls the curtain back’ and we get to see a little bit of the bigger picture. He lets us in on why the work we do is important. He shows us the lives we are impacting for Him. My personal opinion is He doesn’t do it any more often than He does in order to keep our pride at bay! We would all be tempted.
You didn’t get to be in that room last night. You didn’t see the tears and the confessions in class this morning. So how will you receive a blessing for your part of this ministry if I don’t share? That’s the reason for the post. We are under no delusion that all the ministry is done by the people on the mission field. All of you make it possible with your prayers and support. And I just want to you know that all of us are being used to make a difference. Be blessed!