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每個信徒蒙神恩典拯救之後，不但會成為一起敬拜祂的屬神兒女，同時也會領受祂賜給每一個人的不同恩賜。現時北宣家的會眾中，參與事奉的約佔 30%，當中已包括短期的事奉，而出任為期一年以上崗位的人數比例更少，因此，不少崗位長期缺乏人手，例如主日學老師、Awana 導師、長者科和傷健科的事奉人員。
主讓我們事奉祂，非因我們有才幹和智慧，因為恩賜都是聖靈「按照自己的意思個別地分給 各人」（林前十二 11，新譯本），藉以「裝備聖徒，去承擔聖工，建立基督的身體」（弗四 12）。主看重的是我們對祂的忠心，不論是哪些崗位，也不論參與是多是寡，只要我們盡心盡力，主都必悅納。
Privileged to Serve
Rev Doris Li
By the grace of God, not only can those who are saved by Him become His children and can worship Him together but each and every of us are endowed with different gifts. Statistics show that at NPAC, some 30 percent of members take part in various ministries whether long or short term. A smaller percentage take up ministry posts lasting one year or longer. Some serving posts are always in need of workers – Sunday School teachers, Awana counselors, the Elderly and Disability Ministries…
Believers who do not take part in ministry work do so for various reasons: busy schedules, hardship or hurt feelings in previous endeavors… Some may think that others do a better job or that NPAC is full of talented people, hence there is no need to "count me in."
Admittedly, there are difficulties, especially in interpersonal relationships. We have different personalities, thoughts and styles, which can easily lead to dissatisfaction, grievance and opposition. But all of this might as well be some sort of training so we will grow stronger and more enduring. Which of us have not come across frustration and difficulty? In our service to God, let us make it an opportunity to practice biblical truths, and learn accommodation, acceptance, forgiveness and communication.
What about those who are involved in serving? Why do they do so? One believer has shared that she has had her stroke and cancer healed by God, after which she actively committed to serving in response to God’s abundant grace and love. Some would like to serve in order to use the God-given gifts. Others see the needs of the church, or have a vision or special burden for certain ministries. Still some others join because they see the joy and renewal of life in those who serve.
We may be mindful of the time, mental and physical strength, and perhaps money involved in ministry work. However, we may have forgotten the teaching “It is better to give than to receive.” Nor are we aware that participation in ministry work facilitates spiritual growth and lets us experience God's grace. Despite our personal inadequacies, we often see the hand of God in what we do. Serving helps us learn humility and reliance on the Lord. Ministry work puts our gifts to good use. At the same time, we discover and learn different spiritual qualities from others.
God allows us to serve Him not because of our ability or wisdom. All these gifts are "the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines" (1 Corinthians 12:11). And the purpose is "to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up" (Ephesians 4:12). The Lord places great emphasis on our faithfulness. Whichever the serving role, whatever the degree of involvement, the Lord will be pleased if we make an effort and wholeheartedly serve Him.
In time, all things on earth will pass away, only the inheritance of God will endure. Let us fix our eyes on the eternal. Works of service are like an eternal investment. I hope you will take part in serving and engage in something that truly endures.