As we consider the new school year that has just gotten underway the past few weeks, let us be leaders that do not become lax in our desire to seek all that God has for us in the Children's ministry. If we make this mistake, we will miss all the blessings that God desires for each one of us to enjoy.
I cannot help but consider King Saul. You know... the one God chose as the very 1st king of Israel. God had told Samuel to "anoint him commander over My people Israel, that he may save My people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have looked upon My people, because their cry has come to Me." (1 Samuel 9:16) So, Saul was chosen for a specific purpose. His purpose was to save the Israelites from the Philistines. Did Saul fulfill God's purpose for his life? Sadly, he did not. Saul became prideful and decided to do things his own way instead of seeking God every step of the way. The end result was Saul's own death after having to watch the death of his people during a fight against the Philistines... the very enemy that God desired for him to defeat.
Okay... this is gloomy... is there any encouragement for us? ABSOLUTELY!!!!
There are so many examples of those men and women in the Bible that stayed humble, sought God with all their heart, and fulfilled His purpose for their lives. How about David? Esther? Daniel? Joshua? Paul? Briefly let's think about one that most of us remember well. Joseph... sold into slavery by his own brothers... stayed humble after being put IN PRISON... sought God... received God's blessing by being made 2nd in command over all of Egypt... and fulfilled God's purpose by saving his brothers lives... who became the 12 tribes of Israel... of whom Jesus was born. Yes, Joseph's attitude is one we should strive to emulate. Notice that Joseph's life had a VERY specific purpose...TO BRING GOD GLORY by saving the lineage of Jesus. Joseph did not know God's perspective, but He trusted God and desired to serve God and bring Him glory. Our VERY specific purpose is also TO BRING GOD GLORY by ______________. Only God can fill in the blank for each of us individually. Our part is to serve Him and trust Him.
As we have been receiving new students in our classes for the past couple of months, have we lost sight of our purpose as small group leaders in the Children's ministry? Let us be reminded that God has chosen each one of us to be in a specific class with a specific group of children and parents each and every week. We all have obeyed the call to serve for the next year, but are we seeking to fulfill God's purpose for us with all our heart? Are we going through the motions or are we asking God to open our eyes to ALL that He has for us each and every week. For some of us, His ultimate purpose might be fulfilled in any given week. For others, it might be a process. We will not know unless we are staying humble, asking God for eyes to see, ears to hear, and then submitting obediently to whatever He asks us to do. Let us all be encouraged to be praying for opportunities to make a difference for His glory in a life that needs a physical expression of God's love. In so doing, we will be the people that truly get blessed, our Savior will be honored and glorified, and His purpose for each of us WILL be fulfilled.
As Pastor Jorge reminded us in the pre-service meeting... "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." (Galatians 6:9)