Experiencing Faithfulness

2 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV

1 You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

 

I was sitting in the Coffee Connection considering our faithful staff that gives so much to serve others and make it possible for us to financially support so many effective ministries in our community. Today’s staff was an eclectic group; there was Paul who works for the Texas Department of Corrections, he is also one of our longest serving and faithful volunteers and the guy who is so friendly that people seem genuinely disappointed to come by and find out he’s not here. There is Dawn, a true blessing to us, one of those folks who can never find enough to do and who loves to keep us organized even when we fight to stay cluttered and confused. Then there was Scott, a hard-working veteran who is not afraid to tackle anything, even the nastiest parts of dealing with the aftermath of the public roaming through the place. Last but not least, there is John, another vet and an overcomer, he has fought a hard battle over some physically disabling issues and has come back even more eager to serve and care for others than before his problems.

 

The common thread I see in all these folks is faithfulness; they give of their time, their talents, and their hearts to show people the love of Christ through their actions, their words, and their willingness to direct others into the presence of the only one who can truly change lives. Ministry is an exercise in learning to allow faithful people to be released to do what they are gifted to do. I’m still learning every day, but this I know, learning to have eyes to see the faithful people around me is one of the greatest gifts and greatest lessons I have learned. I pray that each one of us will pause long enough to look around and to consider the faithful people God has brought into our lives, it is not a gift we should ever overlook.