Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Friday, January 31, 2014

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

Just saying "thanks," Friend.

I walked out of my office on Wednesday morning to see my friend, Cannon, operating the video camera in the sanctuary. He was recording Pastor Eric teaching a Divine Healing class in Spanish for our online bible school. Cannon is 13 years old, and the son of my Associate Pastors. I have known him almost all his life. It brought tears to my eyes to see him up there in the booth, taking the time and effort to make sure this class got recorded, edited, and uploaded. He could have been hiding out playing video games, or watching TV, or any of a dozen other teenage kid things. But this day, he chose to give three hours to recording a class in the empty sanctuary with no crowd and no applause and no entertainment. Because of his unseen service, there will soon come a day when another young man in a faraway place, that Cannon can’t pronounce, will be healed through the prayer of a minister who got a video class on a flashdrive or a tablet computer and learned that “por su llaga fuimos nosotros curados.” (By His stripes we were healed)

The willingness of all those behind the scenes servants who make possible the propagation of the Gospel always touches my heart. The importance of each job cannot be overstated. Every step of the process is essential. Sometimes we tend to see the “platform” ministry and forget those who work in anonymity. I guess this is just my day to say “Thank you” to all those who do the work. In fact, it wouldn’t hurt all of us to pause and remember the importance of these Gospel helpers, to take a minute to say “thanks” when we see them. By the same token, take a minute to recall the importance of your own part in the process: If you don’t do your job, somebody suffers. When you do it, someone gets blessed. Each task may seem minor or insignificant in itself, but each is essential to the whole. Take it seriously.

Somebody Said: The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team. John Wooden

Scripture Reading: Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. (Rom 12:4-5 NLT)

I’m thinking that one day soon, when we all get Home, there will be some kid from Argentina or Cuba who will run up to Cannon and thank him for running the camera that made the video that went on the flashdrive that was carried into the mountains that was watched by the preacher who laid hands on the kid and showed him the grace of God.


Find the message “The Real Church is a Fruit Market” at http://www.fcftucson.org or check out the FCFTucson YouTube channel.

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