It is my calling to serve God by leading and partnering in ministry with fellow Christians in the local church.
God has us together for such a time as this. Have you ever wondered why you were born now, living now, a part of God’s church now? In 2021, there seems to be so much disrespect, violence, hatred, and disregard for the Christian message: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. Not only are we challenged by these national struggles, but we are living with the difficult COVID-19 pandemic guidelines and restrictions and the uncertainty of what it means for our physical health as well as mental and spiritual health.
While our circumstances are unique to 2021, humanity has faced hatred, upheaval, societal struggles and health crises all throughout history. The one that most affects us as Christians is how to keep our hope, joy, and peace alive as we seek to make disciples for Jesus Christ in this ever-changing world.
After this, [Jesus teaching the cost of following Him], the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (Luke 10:1,2)
The harvest of people needing to know Jesus is huge and at times it seems we do not have enough workers, inside or outside the church. Jesus says, “Ask the Lord of the harvest…to send out workers into the harvest field.” Ask for more workers to be a part of God’s ministry here at the Arbor and in our community through us. Ask for more workers to rise up out of our church and be inspired, encouraged, and motivated to take part in the fabulous ministry to which God’s Holy
Spirit will lead us.
We can face these uncertain times and bring in a harvest of people for Jesus Christ. Our first step is to seek Jesus in prayer.
I am challenging us all to be in a season of PRAYER over the next six months; praying that God will show us our next steps, raise up new workers for making disciples for Jesus Christ, and create in us an open willing heart.
2021 is a challenging time to claim being a disciple for Jesus Christ and to make a difference in the world. Together, pastor and congregation, partnering with Jesus, this can be our most exciting next few years yet!
Pastor Jacqueline Tookey