Going Deeper 5-21-19

‚ÄčThe first reading for Easter 6...
Acts 16:9-15   During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."  When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.  We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days.  On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there.  A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth.  The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.  When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home."  And she prevailed upon us.

"Teamwork makes the dream work," I said to JoJo last night at dinner.  "We say that at our house!" she told me in response.  And a few minutes later, after helping pass a bowl across the table, JoJo repeated it with a smile: "Teamwork makes the dream work!"

Indeed.  That is true in the home, and it is clearly true within the body of Christ that is the Church.

Earlier in this chapter in Acts, Paul chose Timothy to be his ministry partner and the two of them teamed up to do incredible missionary work.  In this week's reading, we hear of Lydia, whose response to the Gospel was to utilize her resources in support of the ministry.  

Last weekend at Zion we heard from Pastor Ramesh and his wife, Helen, about the ministry they do among very needy children on the outskirts of Ongole, India, a ministry that Zion has supported now for several years.  In a couple of weeks, we will hear from Heather Pulley from Harvest Farm, another ministry Zion teams up with.  The Wellington Food Bank is a shining example of our whole community working together.  And Grace Village is yet another example.  "Teamwork makes the dream work!"

This is a lesson I need to take to heart... we need to take to heart.  For Zion to more fully reach its ministry potential, I/we need to do a lot more teamwork.  I have found myself running a bit too crazy recently, trying to keep a few too many plates spinning in the air, only to see one or two crash to the ground.  I'm really not a very gifted juggler.  Inspiring and equipping others to hear and respond to their calling to discover, develop, and deploy their unique gifts, talents, and abilities must be something we do more effectively.

Please pray about this.  Ask God to help us all see how "Teamwork can make the dream work!"  Pray that God's Spirit will inspire and empower us to work together more effectively in fulfilling the mission He has called us to pursue together.

With You in His Service,
Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."