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An Invitation to Serve

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An Invitation to Serve

Leonard Sweet overheard a seminary student complaining about the appointment he received from a bishop. He didn’t feel the appointment suited his talents and gifts. The other student replied, “You know, the world’s a better place because Michelangelo did not say, “I don’t do ceilings.”[1]  The other student’s words caused Sweet to go back to his office and write these words:

“The world’s a better place because a German monk named Martin Luther did not say’ “I don’t do doors.”

The world’s a better place because an Oxford don named John Wesley didn’t say, “I don’t do preaching in fields.”

The world’s a better place because Moses didn’t say, “I don’t do Pharaohs or mass migrations.”

The world’s a better place because Noah didn’t say I, “I don’t do arks and animals.”

The world’s a better place because Rahab didn’t say “I don’t do enemy spies.”

The world’s a better place because Ruth didn’t say, “I don’t do mothers-in-law.

The world’s a better place because Samuel didn’t say, “I don’t do mornings.”

The world’s a better place because David didn’t say, “I don’t do giants.”

The world’s a better place because Peter didn’t say, “I don’t do Gentiles.”

The world’s a better place because John didn’t say, “I don’t do deserts.”

The world’s a better place because Mary didn’t say, “I don’t do virgin births.”

The world’s a better place because Paul didn’t say, “I don’t do correspondence.”

The world’s a better place because Mary Magdalene didn’t say, “I don’t do feet.”

The world’s a better place because Jesus didn’t say, “I don’t do crosses.”

Romans 12:9-13 says, Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;  not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality (NKJV).

Our service should lead to impact on the lives of others. It should cause transformation in our walk, as well as their walk of faith. Have you received an assignment you would rather not accept? What assignment have you accepted from God that turned out in a way you never imagined?

We want to hear your story. Share it with us in the comments.

[1] http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/1994/spring/4l2032.html Copyright (c) 1994 Christianity Today, Inc./LEADERSHIP Journal

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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  1. Preaching in fields, Love it! Thank you for the post. For more on John Wesley, I would like to invite you to the website for the book series, The Asbury Triptych Series. The trilogy based on the life of Francis Asbury, the young protégé of John Wesley and George Whitefield, opens with the book, Black Country. The opening novel in this three-book series details the amazing movement of Wesley and Whitefield in England and Ireland as well as its life-changing effect on a Great Britain sadly in need of transformation. Black Country also details the Wesleyan movement’s effect on the future leader of Christianity in the American colonies, Francis Asbury. The website for the book series is http://www.francisasburytriptych.com. Please enjoy the numerous articles on the website. Again, thank you, for the post.

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