Next week our congregation will receive a gift from God in the form of a new minister. I use the term “gift” because this is how the Bible describes evangelists (ministers).
“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” Eph. 4:11-12
We need to be aware of the fact that these gifts are rare (not every congregation has an evangelist and we will now have three) so there are a few things we should take note of before our gift arrives:
- SAY THANK YOU.
My mother taught me to say thank you when I received a gift. Let’s remember to be thankful to God for blessing us with yet another preacher. We had nothing to do with his training and Glen has raised all of his financial support to come here so we need to appreciate the fact that this is a free gift.
- MAKE USE OF THE GIFT
There is nothing worse than a gift that just sits in the closet and never gets used. There is no joy for the giver or the receiver in a situation like this. Brother Robins is coming here to work, to serve, to learn, so let’s cooperate and support his efforts to minister at Ville-Émard.
- GOD GIVES, GOD TAKES AWAY
Preachers are sent where they are needed and stay as long as the congregation continues to listen and respond to their preaching. The best way to assure that we always have ministers serving this congregation is to continue growing in Christ, otherwise God will send them somewhere else.
Next Sunday we will pray and “lay hands” on Glen as a form of commendation to ministry (Acts 13:3). Let’s make sure that his time with us will be as much a blessing for him as it will be for us.