Today I met with a member of our church who has been called to support our church's prayer ministry. My main prayer request, I said, is in regard to our soon-to-be-here Lenten series. I am praying that several people would hear God's call to speak on Wednesday evenings in Lent. You can learn more at Witnesses Wanted.
It's remarkable that Jesus chose not to do all the ministry himself. One of Jesus' first public acts* was the calling of disciples, men and women who would be "fishers of men." In scripture we hear only about a few by name. We know there were at least 120 close disciples by the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and many thousand shortly after. Public witness by many was key to the early church's success.
Our church is blessed with many pray-ers and many witnesses. We have a long history of faithfulness here at our church in Cokato. If anything is standing in our way it's the willingness to stand out from the crowd. God calls us to not hide our light but to let others see it. When we do this, we won't glorify ourselves. Instead, the glory will go to our Father in heaven. That is a promise from God!
*One version of this call (from Mark 1:14-20) will be read in worship on Sunday, Jan. 25.