Romans 15:4-7 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
What am I supposed to do? What is the Spirit teaching me today, in this season of my life?
That is the kind of question that God may have used to give you your initial call to faith in Christ or to teach you Values and Vision in life, and that is still the kind of question we often ask today. The Spirit speaks to us primarily through the Scriptures. For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that “through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
“We come to the Scriptures because we believe that in the God-breathed record, the wisdom of God, the heartbeat of God, and the purposes of God are being revealed in ways that instruct and inspire faith for every generation of Jesus’ followers. We know that the events that the Scriptures record happened in contexts very different from our own. So, we come asking the Holy Spirit to teach us what we need for our time and our place. We come conscious of our fallibility and wanting and needing of one another’s insights and encouragements as well as our own. The fellowship of the church provides us with the context we need to better understand the scriptures and live out our faith accordingly.” Derek Gentle
For those of us with leadership influence, it is especially important that we keep wrestling together with the implications of the Calling, Values, Vision, and Faith that God has given us, in the light of the Scriptures, asking the Spirit to guide us. Often, the Session and Diaconate better understand effective, biblical leadership in the context of their leadership teams.
“Think it not hard if you get not your will, nor your delights in this life; God will have you to rejoice in nothing but himself.” (Samuel Rutherford)
Consider the history of how God has brought you to where are now spiritually, and to your church fellowship. Thank him for his past leading and blessing, and consider anew your personal Calling, Values, Vision, and action of Faith for your life, your family, and your church in light of the Scriptures; and pray that the Spirit will continue to clarify how God is leading you to engage as a ‘living sacrifice’ in ministry to others for his glory today. Write down areas to explore to volunteer to serve your family or church in a specific way today.