The Pastor's Perspective
During World War II, England needed to increase its production of coal. Winston Churchill called together labor leaders to enlist their support. At the end of his presentation he asked them to picture in their minds a parade which he knew would be held in Piccadilly Circus after the war.
First, he said, would come the sailors who had kept the vital sea lanes open. Then would come the soldiers who had come home from Dunkirk and then gone on to defeat Rommel in Africa. Then would come the pilots who had driven the Luftwaffe from the sky. Last of all, he said, would come a long line of sweat-stained, soot-streaked men in miner's caps. Someone would cry from the crowd, 'And where were you during the critical days of our struggle?' And from ten thousand throats would come the answer, 'We were deep in the earth with our faces to the coal.'"
Not all the jobs in a church are prominent and glamorous. But it is often the people with their "faces to the coal" who help the church accomplish its mission. Dr. Martin Luther King once remarked, "Not everybody can be famous. But everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato or Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”
That is God's desire for every one of us who occupy His Kingdom. He wants our service to be motivated by the grace and love that He has extended unto us through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. There are many that spend time debating what they can or cannot do due to a lack of ability or education, fear, doubt, or even horrible experiences of the past. I want to encourage you to focus on who God IS as opposed to who you are NOT. Who God is more than compensates for who we are not.
This month, our focus will be on wholehearted service and ministry involvement. We are seeking volunteers that would give of themselves and their God-given gifts for the sake of the Kingdom through our local congregation. My prayer is that you would take the opportunity to participate in our Annual "Find Your Fit" Ministry Fair on Sunday, March 31 immediately following our Unity Service. I look forward to seeing you there. God has not forgotten about us, nor is He through with us at NMCBC, where we are, "Building Relationships One Day At A Time." Grace and peace be unto you.
Your Pastor, Rev. Christopher C. Moore