I just got back from the baptism of my second God daughter in Nebraska. I had a chance to visit University Lutheran Chapel and see what’s been going on in worship since I left almost three years ago. I was blessed. What I saw confirmed once again the power of investing in people and raising them up to serve the church. It’s about real relationships. I was so touched to watch the people I mentored mentoring others, and extending my work to a third generation of influence. Ministry-worship, or any other-multiplies when we invest in people. God is good. The sunday morning worship was joyful, exalted, and surrendered: in the right measure…all at the same time. selah.
When I think of the ministry of Jesus, there was NOTHING his disciples could do that he couldn’t do better. Yet, his work with his disciples reveals a cycle of teaching and sending. First, Jesus shapes their hearts and attitudes with his word, then he releases them to go do the work in his name. Instead of doing everything himself, Jesus sends people into the world to represent his interests. “Great is the mystery of Godliness!” Not only that Jesus came in the flesh, but that he places his work in the hands of human flesh. He invests himself in us. Selah, indeed.