July 4, 2014

The Rev. G. David Henderson: Those who help also serve Christ

If the reader wrongly believes Christ can’t use you because you’re too timid to sing, pray, speak publicly, play musical instruments in worship services inside a church sanctuary, today’s devotional will greatly encourage you.

Matthew 10:42 promises if you only give in Jesus’ name a cup of cold water to someone thirsty, Christ will greatly reward your faithfulness along with all others who preached, ministered healing the sick, resurrecting the dead, casting out devils.

Right in the middle of all those supernatural, miraculous spiritual ministries in 1st Corinthians 12:9-11 that Christ gives to people of his choice, God gives certain people of his choice the spiritual gift of “helps” (1st Corinthians 12:28). These people may not be able to preach, pray, sing, play musical instruments, heal, perform miracles inside worship services, but they always help no matter what needs cleansing or repairs to church buildings or properties. They are always the first to wash dishes after church socials.

The Bible never said Joanna and Susanna in Luke 8:3 did any ministry the public could see, but they made sure Jesus and his apostles probably had food and drinks when they traveled to minister. Those two faithful ladies were equally important to Jesus’ traveling ministry as the sermons and miracles Jesus and his apostles accomplished.

Jesus could have never fed those starving multi-thousands who traveled to the top of a mountain to hear him preach and heal if it had not been for one child who gave Jesus his two small fishes and five loaves of bread that Jesus miraculously multiplied to feed the multitude and had 12 baskets full of left-over food for the lad to give his family to eat when he arrived home. Jesus’ adult 12 apostles wrongly grumbled that such a puny amount of food offering wasn’t sufficient to feed the multi-thousands!

A pitiful, totally paralyzed man would have never been miraculously healed inside a home where Jesus was teaching if it had not been for four strangers visiting the home, tearing apart the roof to lower the afflicted man right at Jesus feet (Mark 2:3-4).   

Apphia and Archippus in Philemon 1:2 probably couldn’t preach, sing, pray publicly, play musical instruments in worship services — possibly not even having money to put in the offering plate — but they did loan their home for weekly church worship services.

Matthew 18:20 teaches it doesn’t take many within a church congregation to do Christ’s same ministries. Jesus preached if only two or three gathered in his name, his ministerial presence and power would be with them.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 encourages that we are to never waste time dwelling on ministries Christ doesn’t have us empowered to achieve, but rather dwell and do only the ministries we can accomplish, no matter how small or few.

“Little is Much”

“In the harvest field now ripened

“There’s a work for all to do;

“Hark! the voice of God is calling

“To the harvest calling you.

“Does the place you’re called to labor

“Seem too small and little known?

“It is great if God is in it,

“And he’ll not forget his own.

“Little is much when God is in it.

“Labor not for wealth of fame.

“There’s a crown and you can win it,

“If you’ll go in Jesus’ name.”

The Rev. G. David Henderson is the pastor of Temple of the Lord at 611 S. Green St. in Dalton. You can reach him at angelsfood@optilink.us. His column appears on the first Saturday of the month.

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