We are almost half-way through the year. Christmas is in 6 months 28 days from the day I write this...Wow!
I want to talk a bit about the future. Not so much stuff, but people. Leaders to be specific. Leaders take on many different shapes and sizes. They have different gifts and graces but one thing stands out among all of them and that is a unified desire to serve a purpose that is greater than themselves. Romans 12: 4-6a says:
Leadership requires sacrifice, vision and service. It also requires dedication. A leader in the church should possess knowledge of the church, its mission, its foundation, what it stands for. An understanding of the Bible and Christian values is on the list as well. Leaders should also be constantly seeking God’s grace through prayer, fasting, study, worship, reading and healthy living, as well as the sharing of our faith with others. These are individual practices called Works of Piety. Other Means of Grace, referred to as Acts of Mercy, include feeding the hungry, visiting those in hospitals and in prison, doing good works (serving), and giving generously. Doing these things help us to do what James 4:8 refers to - “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Church leaders must not only do these things but live them as well.
So, who are the leaders of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church? Go look in the mirror. You ALL are church leaders. In your own ways you bring special gifts only you possess and share them with the rest of us – which, in turn allows the church to be the church. Mt. Pleasant Church needs good leaders. People dedicated to God who follow the Means of Grace and have a desire to make a difference in the church, the community , and the world. I look at the leaders of the church every Sunday. You are sitting in the pews. It’s time for you to have faith in yourselves and in God and come serve something bigger - to do those “good works” that God has called you for. It’s time to put into practice your special God given gifts.
The author of Hebrews says this in Chapter 13:
Please support all who step up into leadership roles within our church. Support them and our church with your prayers, presence, gifts, and service. If you are asked to serve or help or use your special God given gifts please say “Yes”. God is watching.