God has a purpose, plan, assignment, and place for every Christian. The work of the ministry is to be done by the entire Body of Christ. There is no division of church vs. laity, but rather all members should be functional members. Christianity is not a spectator sport. When you find your purpose and place, you discover the “why” behind your existence; you discover the original intent of the Creator Himself. Many believers will find their destiny in what is listed in 1 Corinthians 12:28 as “HELPS.” It is just as valid a ministry as the other gifts listed. Helps is that which renders, aid, relief, support, and assistance. This gift supplies ministry in a multitude of absolutely necessary functions in the Church. Jesus needs you operating in this gift and I guarantee you your Pastor and other ministry gift leaders need you in your place (1 Cor. 12:18) functioning in it. This is not the time to quit, drop out, or draw back now. Using military phrases it’s time for “all hands on deck” and to “man your battle stations.” You are too valuable to the team to take a seat in the grandstands now. You need to stay motivated and on course finishing your race. If you are a member of a local church here are Seven Values you need to confess and review periodically to stay focused and fired up:
1.My number one job is to help my Pastor help people. I will not let any issue become more important than the mission.
2. I will do my job faithfully as unto the Lord with a happy and helpful heart for I am a “can do” person.
3. I will be great at loving, valuing, accepting, and forgiving people for they are why we help.
4. As a servant and steward, I am here to:
- Be a producer not a consumer.
- Be a giver not a taker.
- Provide for, promote, and protect the vision.
5. My efforts will be:
- Word based and Spirit led, not activity driven.
- Obedience oriented, not just results oriented.
- Love motivated, not merely duty bound.
6. I will rely on godly character, passion, grace, and anointing as my qualifications and security. For I am here to help someone not be someone.
7. I will joyfully take initiative to do my part because:
- Nothing just happens.
- If it’s to be it’s got to be me.
- I have what it takes to make it happen.
Pastor John Rasicci