Twelve Days of Prayer Day 9

Pray for more laborers in our church

Where would we be if Jesus had chosen early retirement?

What if, during dinner on Maundy Thursday, Jesus would have stood up, and declared that day to be the day he retired from service?  After all, he had given everything He had, done all he was gifted and called to do up to this point.  It was someone else’s turn.  I think about this every time I hear someone say, “I have served for years; it’s someone else’s turn.”  

As a Body of Christ, we are all called according to divine purpose.  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).   We are gifted for ministry. “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12)

Our calling and service to the Lord and His children have nothing to do with how old we are or how many other people are around to do the work.  God has blessed us, each and every one of us, to be in ministry for the Kingdom, and we are called to do so using the gifts of the Spirit so that we may serve with joy till the end of our days.  There is no mention of retirement in the Bible.

If you are not serving the Lord, whether it be in ministry in the church or in mission to those outside the walls of this church, would you pray that God show you how you are called and gifted to serve.  If you are serving, be thankful in prayer for the opportunity that God has given you.  Lastly, won’t you pray that, through your service, you find incredible joy and a renewed and strengthened relationship with God.

 

 

 

Jessica Caccamese
Director, Welcoming Ministries