Being faced with the reality of transition always forces you to look back and reminisce. I should be used to this, after all, being a pastor’s child, periodical change has been a constant in my life. Truth be told, since I started ministry (not too long go), my tenure at Sligo Church is actually the longest I have been in one place – a record breaking two and a half years!
As I look back at my short stay at Sligo, I am amazed at how truly blessed we are as a church. I have not yet seen another church as diverse as Sligo, with people from every continent and walk of life – Doctors and healthcare professionals, cooks and chefs, architects, lawyers, finance specialists, engineers, teachers and educators, scholars and artists, writers and editors, graphic designers. You name it, we have it! All this, while being located 1 mile away from the nation’s capital in the middle of a metropolitan area with a population of almost 10 million. The Sligo Church building itself, in spite of its needed upgrades and maintenance, comfortably houses our congregations and provides a beautiful venue of worship.
With all that said, this is the thought that comes to mind, “to whom much is given, from him much will be required.” I realize that this quote is in the context of a much deeper spiritual application in terms of God’s judgments. However, I think it also applies or translates to the practical. We have been given so much, and God has put us in a place where we can reach so many people in so many ways, and share the everlasting Gospel of His return to many. We can truly be a beacon of Hope in our community.
1 Peter 4: 10 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” It is interesting that Peter says EACH of you, not SOME of you. Collectively as a church we have been given so much, but EACH individual has also been given much. Yet, too often, our church suffers from the 80/20 rule where few people do the majority of the work. The Bible assures us that EACH of us has received much, and we must respond in service.
I pray that each one of us, and our church as a whole, will live to the full potential for which God has called us. He has given us so much. Will we give back of ourselves?
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