Faith UMC 2015 Mission and Vision Devotions – September 2015

September 2015

This Is What Anointing Looks Like

Scriptures, Reflections, & Prayers for Faith UMC’s Mission & Vision

His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ until we all reach the unity of faith and knowledge of God’s Son.” – Ephesians 4:12-13 CEB

Has any one ever asked you to do something and your first reaction was to wonder why they would ever think you could do what they were asking you to do?

Me, teach Sunday School? Lead games for youth? Be a Confirmation mentor? Facilitate an adult group?

You might be able to relate to Moses. Like many of us, Moses gave God many excuses as to why he could not  respond to his calling.  As Moses gave God excuse after excuse, God’s response remained the same.  God promised to be with Moses and help Moses do all that God was asking him to do. Moses may have seemed like an unlikely leader, but God had anointed Moses for a special purpose. The same is true for us.

oil_11349cp (1)God doesn’t always call the equipped, but he always equips those he calls. This is a promise we can count on. This month’s scripture from Ephesians reminds us that God equips people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ. Some are called to be teachers, helpers, cooks, nursery caregivers, bus drivers, mentors, and greeters, but all are called. As we are called, God equips us to do what we’ve been called to do all for the purpose of building up the body of Christ until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of Christ. God wants us to become mature and realize the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

I hope you hunger for the fullness of Christ. I hope that the next time someone mentions that you would be a great Sunday School teacher, or Wednesday Night helper, Youth mentor, nursery caregiver, worship leader or adult group leader that your first response won’t be, “Oh not me. I could never do that.” But that you will first stop and pray and trust the nudge that God may be placing on  your heart, remembering that God promises to be with you and will equip and empower you and provide you with everything you need to respond to your calling. When you respond to God’s anointing, you will be blessed in ways beyond anything you could ever imagine. You will experience the fullness of Christ and God’s Kingdom will flourish.

Read more about Moses and God’s call in Exodus 3–4.

Prayer:  Dear God, Help me to hear and respond to your call, remembering that just as you equipped and empowered Moses, your anointing means that you also promise to be with me. Lead and guide me, Lord. Use me according to your will so that we will reach unity in the faith and experience the fullness of Christ. Amen.

Septembers Prayer Focus: Empowering God, bless and strengthen Faith’s Sunday School teachers, Small Group and Youth Ministry leaders.

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Spiritual Formation Director at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio
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