And now to Him, who through His power at work within us is able to do infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or imagine, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus today, tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and the next day and for all eternity, Amen!
We’re doing a series of posts to finish the year examining gifts that our team can “pay forward” to the churches and leaders we serve, so they in turn can help the families they serve to have an experience of church similar to mine. Today’s gift is the gift of affirmation.
All too often, we as Christians fail to remind one another of the value each of us represents to the work of the Kingdom and to recognize and encourage one another in our daily work.
There are no second class citizens in the Kingdom of Heaven, or in the Kingdom Christ is building here on Earth. It’s pretty incredible that God doesn’t just want desire a relationship with all of us, but “through His power at work within us” He offers us the opportunity to partner with Him as He reestablishes His Kingdom here. We’re incredibly encouraged when we see other Christ-followers doing the work of the Kingdom and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to call attention to their work through the resources available to us.
Affirmation of those doing God’s work is also important because of the resistance to change they encounter in the course of doing their work. One thing that hasn’t changed about human nature since Jesus’ day is the tendency for some religious leaders to feel very threatened when new movements question long established patterns of thinking and behavior, especially when the leaders of those movements don’t have the “proper” training or credentials.
When I first saw this video, I thought of Jesus and the apostles, even though there’s nothing about the video that’s “Christian.” Jesus gives us the power to change the world. His followers who believe in His promises to the point they’re crazy enough to try will be the ones He’ll use to change the world. Our team will seek to affirm them.
Please consider including Key Ministry in your year-end giving plans. Your gifts to our Annual Fund Campaign make possible the provision of all the training, consultation, resources and support at no charge to the churches we serve. Online contributions can be made through our ministry website. We are also seeking friends to serve as advocates for Key Ministry with the Missions Board or Stewardship Committee of their local churches. Please contact Rebecca Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.