A place of service


There on the Damascus Road, blinded from his conversion, the Apostle Paul asked the question every follower of Jesus Christ is called on to ask: “Lord, what do you want me to do?”

She was a shut-in now. She could no longer attend church. But she still wanted to participate in her church’s ministry. And so she prayed this prayer, “Lord, you know that I can no longer go to church. But I still want to be a part of the ministry of my church. What can I do to serve you where I am?”

God heard her prayer and gave her an idea. That happens quite often, you know. You may have experienced it. God answers our prayer by giving us an idea. When he does, we should not claim credit for it but give thanks to God who gave it.

God gave this shut-in widow a great idea and she acted on it. She decided to move past words and prayers to action. Today, if you should join that church you would receive a personal handwritten note from this dear little lady.

She is crippled with arthritis and it hurts her to write, but she writes every one of them by hand to every member who joins the church. In the note she simply tells them: “Welcome to our church. I can no longer be actively involved, but I want you to know that I am praying for you.

“I hope you will get involved in the Sunday school and volunteering ministries, serving Christ where you are. The day is coming, perhaps sooner than you think, when you will not be able to. You are going to miss it then, so you don’t want to miss it now.” And the people who belong to that church say those letters are changing the face of their congregation.

And, my friend, God has a place of service for you—a place where you are needed. What do you suppose God could do through you in the network of relationships where he has placed you?

If you are serious about living a life of service for the Master, then just pray. Ask him, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” If you ask that question sincerely and in faith he will answer your prayer and show you what he wants you to do. Rev. Nichols is Minister Emeritus of First Christian Church, Temple, where he was senior minister for 23 years before retiring. He writes a religious column for several newspapers.

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