February 23 – We are ALL IN!

Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 and 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Nineteen years ago God led me to discontinue my career as an elementary teacher. At the time I had no idea what was next; He didn’t lead me INTO my next step right away. About a year later I saw a posting about a position in the church office and thought it could be an interesting step to take until I knew where He was leading me more permanently. I began as an assistant to the Pastor of Spiritual Growth, doing a variety of tasks that enabled the pastor to do what only he could do. Leave the details to me; I do details well. And very soon I was hooked. I felt a fulfillment I hadn’t experienced to that level and I found areas where God could use my skills to His glory. My job has evolved over the years as the ministry at Grace Church has grown and changed. I am now an assistant on the Next Steps Team, working closely with Pastor Steve Kern. I still find myself amazed that God can use my love of organization and detail to accomplish His work. In 1 Corinthians 12:12 we are told,  “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” I feel blessed to use the gifts that God has given me to help our church and our Next Steps Team be as effective as possible. I’m all in!

Someone who enjoys breaking a project down into the tasks that need to be done and THEN seeing that those get completed could easily get lost in the details. However, it is the PEOPLE who make this job so exciting. Interacting with someone who is taking the next step in their faith brings a smile to my face – being baptized, joining a group, reading their Bible, or even taking that step of faith in accepting Christ as their savior. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 tells us to “encourage one another and build each other up,” This interaction allows me to encourage people and point them to Jesus.

As a part of the Body of Christ, God has uniquely gifted you to serve Him and to encourage others on their faith journey as well. How are you using those gifts to help others take their next steps? Is there someone you need to invite to your small group? Can you encourage a friend to take the step of baptism?   Maybe God is prompting you to share your story of life change? Join me as we influence those around us to take their next steps!

Sharon Karhan

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