Yesterday, I received a super encouraging email from Mike Sadlock. It fit perfectly with yesterday’s post, How to make Graystone your third place (Part 2 of 5): ENGAGE! Actually, I feel like Mike’s email explained it much better than my blog. I asked Mike if I could share his email with you. Enjoy.
Subject Line: When you serve you get to see the miracles!
Email from Mike Sadlock:
I listened to a message this morning on the way to Colombus and it has been weighing on me all day. I rushed home and launched the computer to put it into words.
John 2:1-11New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Changes Water Into Wine
2 On the third day, a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
7 Jesus said to the servants “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
8 Then he told them (the servants), “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
As I listened to a sermon today an interesting point was made; the wedding party did not see the miracle. It was only the servants that saw the miracle; it was those behind the scenes.
As I reflected on the verse I realized this is a lot like the church you attend. If you just attend you are part of the wedding party; you do not see what goes on behind the scenes to make the party a success. You do not see the band and sound guys arrive very early on Sunday to practice. You do not see the work that goes into preparing the visuals, the video, and even the sermon. But that is not the most important part; when you just attend many times you miss the miracles. I realized that because I serve I have been a witness to many miracles:
- · I have seen a marriage enriched and revitalized through Small Group. I saw just how great our marriage can be when you put God first.
- · I saw 2 5th grade boys accept Christ and their lives changed for eternity while serving at Sports Camp.
- · I saw a marriage in trouble, restored to a healthy marriage through Small Group.
- · I saw cancer defeated through Small Group.
- · I have seen relationships restored, prodigal children come home, cancer defeated, childless couples give birth, addictions broken, and financial burdens lifted serving on the prayer team.
- · I saw 50 people at the first service this summer at the Walton Campus, grow to 300+ in just a few months.
- · I saw a resident of Monroe ride his bike, in the rain, to visit our Walton Campus while serving on the parking team.
- · I saw that same individual help with the parking team.
- · I see kids coming to Graystone Walton for the first time hesitant and nervous and then beg not to leave when their parents come to pick them up while serving in Gkids.
- · I experienced the overwhelming joy when my wife accepted Christ. I will never forget the image of Alan and Melissa walking across the parking lot as I served on the parking team and her speaking those life changing words.
When you just attend church you don’t always get to see the miracles, but when you serve you can’t help but see them on a weekly basis! I am not suggesting that these miracles would not have happened if I didn’t serve, but I would not have witnessed the miracles! I wanted to thank each of you for your guidance and leadership and most importantly for getting me plugged in so that I can see the miracles! Each one of you have played a huge part in each of area listed above and my development.
I can’t wait to see what God has planned next!