I spend several hours each month working on tasks that have only indirect if any benefit to the ministry of the congregation that employes me.
At least once a month I awaken an hour early to drive for an hour and a half to attend an all day meeting before arriving home typically ten hours after I leave in the morning. Some months I take part in two even three of these long meetings at which I speak only a few words. In between these meetings I do associated tasks including long teleconferences and writing various documents. On average, I work about 7 hours a week on these tasks.
I suppose I could decline these meetings and not volunteer for additional tasks between meetings. Several of my colleagues avoid similar opportunities.
Instead I perceive these tasks helping other congregations as my call to ministry. An opportunity to further God’s kingdom in the world.
The first chapter of the Gospel According to Luke records Mary answering God’s call to service.
Then Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant.
Let it be with me just as you have said.”
In order for Mary to agree to conceive and give birth to a son, and name him Jesus, God had to allow her to say “no.” I cannot recall any instance where God imposed a duty on an unwilling person. Several people ask for and receive signs verifying angelic announcements. Several ask if God has called the right person. But God commands no one to serve against their will.
In order to say “yes,” to agree to serve, saying “no” must be a possibility.
How have you said “yes” to God’s call to further the Kingdom of heaven?