Called to Serve
- Gil Reed |
- Jan 10, 2012
- | Series: Stories
Four years ago my wife Linda and I moved to Memphis from Fort Worth, Texas. We knew we had come with a specific plan and a specific purpose…to serve. We didn’t know how all that would flesh itself out, however.
Linda had received her Doctorate in Higher Education in May of 2007 and we began to pray that God would lead us to use this new gift for His Glory. Memphis was not on our radar, but after months of praying and seeking, we found ourselves here. Linda became a new Dean at the Baptist College of Health Sciences, and I moved into formal retirement, serving as a volunteer with the Binghampton Development Company in its Job Training Program.
Immediately, we began to look for a church with which to connect. Not knowing a soul, we searched the internet and found Fellowship. With one visit, we knew God was continuing to direct our steps. Though we knew no one, we felt at home. As soon we were asked to help with the greeters and the Information Table, we quickly accepted, as if it were God doing the asking. We believe that serving is the Lord’s plan for all of us. The Bible is very specific on this point. Using the metaphor of the body and its parts, He tells us that for the body to function properly, all it’s parts must function in their own way to their greatest capacity, each serving the needs of the whole. The body at Fellowship is no different. For the body to live and function properly, all of its members need to do their part.
It is God who calls us to serve, and He not only desires to bless the body through our service but also to bless us individually. Linda and I have been richly blessed in our small efforts. We’ve met many wonderful, faithful people and experienced community that we would not have otherwise experienced. We are grateful for the amazing leadership we see at Fellowship, and are equally grateful for the many support personnel the Lord has called. Thankfully, He allows us to be a part of this amazing body of believers, serving others and being blessed in return. Linda and I encourage everyone to seek God’s gift of service. It blesses us all.