Thank You For Your Service

November 6, 2017 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

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The chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force decided that he would personally intervene in the recruiting crisis affecting all of our armed services. So, he directed that a nearby Air Force base be opened and that all eligible young men and women be invited. As he and his staff were standing near a brand-new F-15 Fighter, a pair of twin brothers who looked as if they had just stepped off a Marine Corps recruiting poster walked up to them. The chief of staff walked up to them, stuck out his hand, and introduced himself. He looked at the first young man and asked, "Son, what skills can you bring to the Air Force?" The young man looked at him and said, "I'm a pilot!" The general got all excited, turned to his aide, and said, "Get him in today, all the paperwork done, everything, do it!" The aide hustled the young man off. The general looked at the second young man and asked, "What skills to you bring to the Air Force?" The young man said, "I chop wood!" "Son," the general replied, "we don't need wood choppers in the Air Force. What do you know how to do?" "I chop wood!" "Young man," huffed the general, "you are not listening to me. We don't need wood choppers; this is the 21st century!" "Well," the young man said, "you hired my brother!" "Of course we did," said the general. "He's a pilot!" The young man rolled his eyes and said, "But I have to chop it before he can pile it!"

 “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” Matthew 20:28

 Sunday, we had over 700 men, women, children, and a couple of alien life forms and other creatures at our Fall Festival. So, let me say “THANK YOU!!!” I remember last year when I was so excited about having 95 volunteers!  That was awesome! I don’t know what you call the 133 volunteers we had Sunday night – yes, I do: Servants! Thank you for serving: “pilot or chopper!”

 Why? Because our Fall Festival is one of our greatest outreaches. We had over 400 guests here and at least 180 do not have church homes. That’s 51 families in our community that came to see us. So, who is going to follow-up? The staff has some things we will do, but the follow-up responsibility falls on the members of our church. That call or visit means so much more when it comes from someone who is not being friendly because “it’s their job.” So, when you ask or think about who is following up, that might be the Lord leading you to serve in that way.

 “Pride is always born of our insecurities. When we don’t know who we are in Christ, we use pride to try to fill that void.” Craig Groeschel

 Pride and selfishness will rob you of the blessing of serving. None of us are worthy to serve the Lord, but that’s not the issue. He is worthy, so worthy of our sacrificial service. So, let’s embrace who we are in Christ and accept His purpose for our life ….. and let’s serve together!