Day 19 — September 9, 2018
By Missy Smith
After accepting Christ as my Lord and Savior at a young age, I realized that God gives each of us the ability to do things that we simply would be unable to do without His help. One of those things for me is teaching children and families about His love. I first noticed God’s calling on my life in high school where I went on various mission trips and worked with children in my local church. Through participating in ministry I was able to see that God at work doing things through me. That is how I first heard his call.
During my college experience, I was able to be a part of many ministry opportunities where God used me to express His love to children. My senior year of college God called me to serve on staff in my first church setting. I was confirmed in my calling and felt the privilege of leading many children to Christ and then helping them develop deep personal walks with Him through various discipleship programs. I can see him still blessing my obedience to follow him today.
After 16 years of serving him I have been amazed at the way that God has been faithful. It is not always easy to serve; in fact, sometimes it’s extremely difficult. But still, through it all, God is faithful! It is not about what I do, it is about what He does through me.
One of my favorite verses that encourages me to press on in my calling is from Paul’s first letter to the church of Thessalonica, chapter 5 verse 24. It says, “God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.” The church of Thessalonica is well known for being a “working” church. They were obedient to serve. Paul thanked them for their zeal and diligence in 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10. It’s interesting that even though they were serving, Paul still reminds them in chapter 5 that God is the one that has called them and he is the one that is faithful to complete what he called them to do. May this be a reminder to us all as we serve him for, “HE WHO CALLS US IS FAITHFUL!”
Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6