July 29, 2011

Our Great God Is Always Working

Psalm 97; Philippians 1:3-6

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6


The coordinator of our church’s ministry to at-risk children had an “aha” moment the other day. She had been anxious because she hadn’t had time to encourage the volunteer mentors that she led or to see if there were any problems or issues that needed to be handled. She had simply been too busy with other parts of the ministry.

After a while she simply cleared her calendar and called the mentors. There was a moment of fear as she began her calling. Would she hear of volunteers that had lost the drive to be a part of the ministry? Would she learn of children who were being difficult? Would there be an extended list of issues crying for her attention at the end of her long list of calls?

In spite of her fears, all of the mentors were doing fine, and most of them could clearly see God at work through them! It turns out that what we read in Psalm 97 is absolutely true: “The Lord reigns!”

Our ministry coordinator rediscovered the truth that God calls us into partnership with him not because he needs to work through us but because he loves to work with us—and the Lord of all things is always at work in and through his people to keep his kingdom coming.

Lord, you are greater than any of us. Thank you for using us even though you don’t need to. Thank you for carrying on to completion the good work you are doing in each of us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author — David Den Haan

Pastor Dave Den Haan has served at Fairway Christian Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan, since 1999. Previously he served a church in Minnesota. Dave and his wife, Connie, have three children.

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