>First let me thank DeLano for opening his blog up to me for a second time. Actually, now that I think about it, the door was opened and I was sort of pushed in. Either way it is an honor that he would force allow me to share a little of what God has placed on my heart.
At the beginning of the year my pastor has dove deeply into the mission statement of our Church which is “A place to Love. A place to Learn. A place to Lead” (Check out the “Are you Connected” series at http://www.visitgracechurch.com). The last message, obviously, was on the “To Lead” portion which happened to coincide with Delano asking me to speak on something from 3 John. The timing couldn’t have been better.
As I dove into 3 John, verses 3-6 struck a chord in me and reminded me of a verse my pastor referred to in his message, Ephesians 4:11-13.
First, here is 3 John 1:3-6: For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well…
Now, Ephesians 4:11-13: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ…
Obviously Gaius was diligently living by the message given in Ephesians, so much so that word got all the way back to John and John recognized his efforts. Gaius worked hard for Christians (the brethren) and non-Christians (strangers) alike “for the perfecting of the saints”.
Now some may be thinking that we aren’t all the type of take charge and gung-ho leader like Gaius was, but if you look closely at the verses is Ephesians, God isn’t calling all of us to take the lead in everything we do. We are to work for him as a body. Some of us are going to be the CEO. Some the mid-level management. Some the secretaries. And some even the janitors. In God’s eyes each role is just as important as the other (1 Corinthians 12:21-22) and regardless of which role you play in God’s perfect plan, He commands us to do it well so this HIS ultimate goal is accomplished.
When my pastor spoke on this message it was hard not to reflect on my life and identify where I am deficient in helping to build the body of Christ. Am I helping to spread God’s message and supporting others as they do likewise? Am I being a good husband? Am I being a good employee? Am I helping to disciple others to bring them to Christ? Am I being a good witness? In each of those areas I could rattle of MANY things which I was not doing to my fullest capability.
Here are some passages my pastor threw out for further study.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
1 Peter 4:10-11
As you read through those verses, ask yourself if you are doing everything you can to help propel the mission of your local church (an extremely important part of God’s plan), your family and your local community? It is our duty, as Christians, to spread God’s message in order to build His kingdom. In other words, we all need to find our inner Gaius and use our spiritual gifts for God’s glory.