Posted by: TLC Fellowship | January 3, 2015

All Are Members

daniel fastScripture: “In those days when the number of disciples were increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, ‘It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.’ This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.” (Acts 6:1-7)

How many times have we heard pastors and preachers joke about leading “church folk”? 99.999 percent of the time, they are right. We are handful with our individual faults and needs that we feel are more important than any others. And in the moment, they might be, yet we are not the only ones going in, through or out of situations. We are not the only members of the body of Christ

Pastors and their families are members too.

We will not find Superman’s cape or Wonder Woman’s lasso tucked away in their bags. Instead, we will find people who need just as much prayer, support and guidance as Sunday school teachers, ushers, choir members, children’s church workers and regular attending members. Pastors and their families have a more visible and demanding role, and yes, one that only God could call them to fulfill. During this time of fasting, we should remember to pray for them, for the Lord to supply their every need. We should pray that they all remain focused on the work God set aside for them. When there is praying in the pews and preaching in the pulpit, there will be plenty of praise, worship and blessings overflowing.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for being a multi-gifting God, giving each of Your children a calling to do great and wondrous things for Your glory. Please bless pastors and their families everywhere, to keep moving forward and step further into their season. Please remind us that we are all members of one body, one faith and one baptism, and that we need each other to continue building up Your kingdom. Amen.

written by Shelby Nelms, member of TLC Fellowship

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