As we now enter into this season of Pentecost, we too are called to reflect upon what that means for us and challenges us to do as well. By virtue of our baptism, the Holy Spirit resides in us. We are endued with every gift we need to both follow and respond to Jesus. In fact, it is part of our call as Christians. We are not merely saved and marked in baptism for some future date, but enrolled as citizens of Christ’s Kingdom. As such, our allegiance is to a different Kingdom and we are charged to use our gifts therein (see Matt 25:14-30 ; Matt 5:14-16 ; Luke 6:38). Beyond rigid allegiance, it is also our joy as well. For it is in serving God and working in His Kingdom that we discover our purpose and the fulness of our identity in Christ.
This is helpful to bear in mind as we are called to service in and through God’s Church. Because, at times jobs and tasks that fill our calendars may not always be life giving to us. However, when we use the gifts that God has imparted to us and move and live in His plans and purposes, our lives are filled with joy and meaning. So my charge last Sunday was for everyone to find a place to get involved, not only to fulfill their call as a follower of Jesus but also to find life in the midst of all the things you do! If you are an accountant and you have a creative side, use it to God’s glory in children’s ministry or singing in the choir. If you manage people all day, perhaps helping out with some physical task gives you a sense of completion you don’t often see!
Throughout the course of June, we will have an inventory about how you are wired and ways to identify where you may want to plug in. Pray about it, fill it out, and fulfill you call! I promise we will not bombard or overwhelm you. We will however continue to do what the Church has always done in equipping and mobilizing its members as they find purpose through advancing God’s Kingdom in their generation!