Our heart to serve
Gifts of Grace
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them:if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:3-8 (ESV)
When we are asked about our call to Uganda, one of the first questions is “what” we will be doing. To be completely honest in our reply, we usually say that “we don’t know exactly”. We want to walk into our new home, our new field of service and into our new team of brothers and sisters with an open heart. A heart that is ready to be used in the way that would best strengthen the brothers and sisters of Christ’s church in Uganda. In the passage above from Romans, Paul directs the church to use “sober judgement” in evaluating our calling. Angel and I have been created,molded and gifted by our Creator God with a heart of service. Knowing this, we are told to SERVE!
How will our hearts of service be used in Uganda? That is the question that we can’t completely answer. We do have hope in God’s promises, Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” How gracious of our redeeming God that not only does He call, purchase, redeem, justify and continually sanctifying us, He also goes before us to prepare the good works that we will perform that will glorify Him! How freeing a promise to hold onto as we walk into the unknown of Uganda.
We do know of certain gifts and callings that the Lord has given us that we have been asked to use and that we are excited about sharing. I have been called to the office of a deacon at our home church, Christ Kingdom Church. This is an office in which I am excited to serve. In a similar fashion, I am excited to partner with my brother deacons and elders in the Ugandan church as they minister in and to their community. I look forward to working and serving with them. Angel and I also are excited and hopeful to personally minister in areas of Justice and Mercy. How this will all look once we are on the field is something in which we are trusting in the Lord. He promises to prepare the good works; we must be faithful to trust in Him.
Another area that we are looking forward to serving in is as the MTW-Uganda “team deacon”. Through both of our business and managerial careers, we have skills and talents that will be used in serving in logistical support of the growing and diverse MTW team. We hope to aid the team in their various ministries by assisting them and allowing them to focus more freely on their calling to use their gifts of teaching and shepherding.
And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word. Acts 6:2-6 (ESV)