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“Now may the God of peace . . . equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)
And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ until we all attain to the unity of the faith and to the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children. (Ephesians 4:11-14)
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)
As we come out of this pandemic and many of its restrictions, we have a chance for rebirth, renewal, and re-dedication. We can ask the question once again, “Why is Apostles Lutheran Church here?” We answer that in our theme statement. To know Christ and make Christ known. This is both an individual statement and a group goal.
What is your individual part as we pursue our group goal? Before any successful wagon train would travel down the Santa Fe Trail from Missouri to New Mexico, it would have to be outfitted and equipped. The right size, type, and number of pack animals would have to be assembled. Wagons of various sizes would be found and put in good repair. Food, stoves, clothing, experienced, trained personnel would be added to the mix. Once fully equipped and outfitted a successful trip could take place. The challenges, surprises, wear and tear of the trip could be overcome. The life of a Christian, yours and mine, is one long trip. The goal is not to serve self but to carry out God’s will from a thankful heart. Whether you know it or not, God has equipped you (Ephesians 4:11-14, Hebrews 13:20-21) and supplied you to do His work and will in this world. He has equipped you to make a difference. Jesus has supplied pastors and teachers to feed train and equip, so that the whole body of Christ may be built up and
made strong. We each have what we need to be of service.
In a wagon train everyone has a part to play and a job to do from the wagon master on to the smallest child who is able to walk. For the wagon train to roll down the trail, everyone needs to do their part. We are moving down the trail into a new phase in the life of Apostles Lutheran Church, what is your job in our wagon train?