Pastor Bill, in his message last week, brought up what I thought were two interesting points: 1) we need to stop looking at people and their “obvious talents” and start seeing them as how God can work through them, and 2) the verse, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 10:24
It’s that time of year again when the Nominating Committee begins to look at the slate of boards and committees for next year to see what positions will need to be filled. I’ve been on this committee for several years now, but this year I will approach things a bit differently. In years past if there was an opening in say the Trustees or Financial Secretary position, we would automatically think of someone who might have that type of background. Pastor Bill is saying that we need to look beyond people’s obvious talents … that while we may choose the person with a background in finance, we may overlook the person who God will use to do the job in a different way. Or that maybe a person, who would normally think, “I can’t do that job,” will open themselves up to the idea of “Why not me?” Scary as it seems to consider volunteering or accepting a job / task that seems to be outside our “comfort zone,” the flip side is how much we could accomplish if we don’t limit ourselves in what we can do! (So, if a Nominating Committee member comes a’callin’, consider saying “Yes!” After all, why not you?)
As for the “camel through the eye of a needle” verse. Pastor Bill explained that this really doesn’t have anything to do with being rich after all. What the verse really implies is that it’s the person who thinks of themselves as self-sufficient that will have difficulties entering heaven. Those of us who are so determined to do things on our own that we forget to include God in our plans. That got my attention! I pride myself on being able to do a lot of things on my own, being independent – well, I call it being “independent” while my hubby refers to it as being “stubborn.” Either way, the telling word in that sentence, I think, is the word “pride.” Boy, how that word gets us into trouble, doesn’t it?
So, a couple of things to think about as we start a new week. In what way can God work through us at Plymouth in the coming days or year? How do we “shut out” God in our daily lives?