I walked in a room for a meeting and we were all ready to go. I knew my role and was sure I could do it. The group leader asked me to take another role on because someone didn’t show up. I was surprised and a little bit anxious but I agreed and took a leap. I jumped in and stepped right up to help with a smooth meeting. I learned sometimes stepping up requires you to fill in a gap. It’s not always about taking over. Thank God for the people in your life who can fill in gaps. People who step up with a ready heart that say I can help you with that. Jesus was always stepping up and filling in gaps. Whether He was healing the sick, teaching the disciples, providing food to feed multitudes or noticing others in a crowd, Jesus was ready to step up. He even stepped up to a cross and filled in the gap between sin and salvation ultimately giving us the choice between eternal life and death. I am so grateful to know that when we are called upon to step up and serve others, God always has a unique way of filling in the gaps. We don’t have to take over because God is in control of everything.
If you’re giving to get, I hope you get this lesson. I learned a long time ago, giving is not about getting. It’s all about trusting, believing and worshipping. Giving is living, so I worship God by giving a little more to Him each day. You too can worship by giving. Try giving a moment of your time and help someone who is sick or lonely and feeling down. Help them see a better day, or even a better hour. Give of your financial resources and help someone breathe a sigh of relief, keep calm, and relax. Give of your talents and help someone get to another level. Help them live out their faith, walk in their gift and put fear aside. Give yourself some quiet time to pray for others and speak to God on their behalf. Give a smile or encouraging word to those who feel hopeless and helpless. Help them live strong by knowing God is able to give them everything they need. Each time I worship and give freely to others without any expectations of getting in return, God blows my mind with His faithfulness, unfailing love, grace and mercy. When we give to God He gets all the glory. Now that’s what I call living on pitch.
What good is leadership and membership without any fellowship? My food for thought: “Learning to be more like Christ involves the fellowship of serving others and staying connected to people. Sometimes we have to break bread to breakthrough.”
When was the last time you ate a meal with someone to stay connected?