It’s holiday club time again at our church and all hands were on deck to transform our squeaky clean new church into the mythical city of Ancora where many adventures lie ahead for those who pass through it’s gates, not least of all those people who had to make that transformation happen. There was little point me being involved in this work of art. My own children discovered very quickly, probably around the age of 2, not to ask dad to draw anything for them, they could do it so much better themselves. However, my wife and number 2 child were heavily involved so I tootled along to survey progress and was immediately dispatched back home to gather a Laura Ashley throw, 4 matching cushions, 2 lanterns and some Christmas tree lights, all required to add to the “ancient eastern look” that was required.
So duly dispatched I got back to the house and was thinking as I picked up the throw from the back of the couch “will this return from the mystical east in one piece and usable or is it doomed to destruction at the hands of hoards of holiday club children”. Almost immediately this phrase popped into my head “everything we have is for the service of the King”. My initial concerns were for the safe return of a piece of cloth but as a Christian I believe that everything I have has been supplied by the hand of God, on loan to be utilised for both my comfort and enjoyment, and to be called into his service whenever it is required.
So our family have temporarily relinquished ownership of a Laura Ashley throw, 4 matching cushions, 2 lanterns and some Christmas tree lights, our lovely new church has become Ancora for the week and a collection of people of all ages, from many occupations have given up a weeks holiday, and many hours of “leisure time” before this, all “in service of the King”. We live in a world where many people try to find fulfilment through entertainment delivered through technology (see previous blog). Can I suggest an alternative approach to life and fulfilment, a life dedicated to “the service of the King”.
We all have a tendency not to want to serve anyone else but ourselves, and the idea of handing over control of our lives to someone else is not really the modern way. Even those of us who claim to be Christians find being servants of God, our King, somewhat of a challenge, but the reality we have discovered is that it is only through this surrender that we find fulfilment. And the more we surrender to more we find fulfilment.
So to you Christian, can I encourage you to use all you have and all you are in “service of the King”, and to those of you who seek fulfilment why not come along come along and visit us here at Culloden-Balloch Baptist Church (Ancora for one week only) and we will willingly help you discover your servant heart and help you find the fulfilment you desire.