You Are Gifted to Serve

Looking for work?

One of the most powerful organizations in the world is hiring. This organization offers young men and women health insurance, retirement, benefits, a good income, travel, and opportunity for advancement. Other benefits include  a company paid education and advanced training to develop specialized skills. As employees develop, they are even entrusted with company secrets.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? This organization does this for all applicants who qualify and are willing to be trained and give their life to their work.

You’re not likely to see this company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, or featured in The Wall Street Journal or Business Week. Yet this major player on the world scene has a budget of several billion dollars.  Almost every day we hear about their advancements and the work they are doing to change lives.

Who is this company? It is our military!

The military provides its people all the support and training needed to accomplish a mission. It’s silly to think they would invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in an individual, teach that person specialized skills, such as electronics, communication, aviation, engineering, technical training and more, yet not expect that person to use the training to further the military’s mission of keeping America safe!

Wouldn’t it be silly to think He doesn’t have plans for us?

In the same way, for those of us who will surrender to follow Christ, God lavishes His love on us, wipes our slate clean, grants us a full pardon, indwells our lives with His Spirit, provides personal guidance, strength, encouragement, help, and protection, and even gives us supernatural enablement to accomplish His Mission! Wouldn’t it be silly to think He doesn’t have plans for us?

How short sighted to think that, just because God loves us, it is now all about us! How selfish to believe that the only reason Almighty God gave His One and Only Son, a spotless sacrifice, was for us to indulge our own pleasure and comfort!

Yes, He does love us, but we’re not the only ones He loves!

Yes, He does love us, but we’re not the only ones He loves! Yes, He does want us to spend eternity with Him when this life is over, but we’re not the only ones He wants to be with Him forever!

In Eph. 3:14-19 Paul prayed:

·      They would be strengthened with power through His Spirit

·      That Christ would dwell in their hearts through faith

·      That founded and grounded in love, they would begin to grasp how immeasurable is the love of Christ

·      So that they would filled with the fullness of God

Sounds wonderful because it is! But again, Paul’s prayer wasn’t just for the Ephesians. It was bigger than them! They were called to a purpose for living that was bigger than themselves, and so are we!

He is inviting you to join Him in His work!

Not unlike the men and women who answered the call to serve in our military, you may have answered the Lord Jesus’ call to follow and serve Him. By answering His call, you are beginning an amazing adventure that leads to a real and personal relationship with Him! He is inviting you to join Him in His work! The greatest commander of all time has given you the greatest assignment of your lifetime for the greatest cause in all human history!

While many people have answered Jesus’ call to follow Him, tragically, few are serving in furtherance of His Mission.

It reminds me of a guy looking for a gym to join. He came to a large facility and, during the tour with the manager, he said, “Wow, this place is huge!” Then he asked, “How many people work out here?”

Without missing a beat, the manager said, “About one in three!”

Ha! How true! And sadly, it is true for many churches. But that is not the design laid out in Scripture, that is not God’s plan for His church, and that is not what Pebble Creek is about!

We were GIFTED TO SERVE!

I would love to help equip you to join God in His work. Join us Sunday!

Mark Bordeaux
About Mark Bordeaux 7 Articles
Mark's journey began in Jacksonville, Florida when, as a student at Trinity Christian Academy, he heard the Good News that God truly loves people, but we are separated from Him because of our sin. Each of us have not only inherited a propensity to disobey, but have chosen to go our own way, rather than God's way and experience a personal relationship with Him. In his own words... "Although I had been a church member since my childhood, I realized that I knew "about" God, but did not "know" God in a real and personal way. The realization that God loved us and paid the ultimate price for our sin by sending His Son to be our sacrifice on the cross and rise from the dead to rescue us became clear. I also realized that if I did not surrender to God and by faith accept His Son's sacrifice for my sin, I would continue to be alienated from God. Even though I did not know much about the Bible and certainly did not know the evidences for it's accuracy, I knew enough to respond to God. One afternoon after school, I was alone in my home and knelt and prayed to God. I simply asked Him to forgive me of my sin and take me to Heaven when I died. I was truly sorry for being a sinner and sincerely asked Him to save me. When I finished praying and had trusted God to save me it was as though the separation between God and me, that I sensed earlier, was removed. In child-like terms I knew I was not 'in trouble' anymore and that God had forgiven me. In my mind, it was almost as though Jesus had His arms wide-open saying, 'It's alright now!'" As a college student, Mark grew in his commitment to Jesus as he attended Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Regularly hearing the Bible taught and preached as well as being around other young people who loved Jesus helped his commitment deepen. Mark continued to mature in his relationship with God as a member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida. Not only did he grow in his commitment to Christ while at First Baptist following Christ he met the love of his life, Debbie, who has been his partner in life and ministry ever since. His first experience of introducing someone to a relationship with Jesus by sharing the Good News was at First Baptist. Later, he was invited to preach at the city rescue mission and was amazed when five men professed to receive Christ. The joy of having a part in what God was doing sharpened his focus even more. After graduating with a degree in Broadcast Management in 1980, he chose to serve God in Christian broadcasting. His first job following college was as the program director of a Christian radio station. He began receiving invitations to speak at area churches. Again, people responded to God's invitation of salvation. His call to full-time ministry continued to be confirmed. When he heard that a local church was searching for a youth minister he applied. The church called him to serve and he left broadcasting and began the adventure of full-time ministry. Since beginning as a youth minister he has served as an associate pastor, pastor, and senior pastor. He has been humbled to serve in eight churches in five states over a period of more than 30 years. He earned a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from Luther Rice Bible College, a master's degree in divinity (with languages) from The Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Billy Graham School of Church Growth and Evangelism at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally, he has made annual trips to the former Soviet Union since 1995 to train Russian and Ukrainian pastors and church planters as well as assist International Mission Board personnel in evangelism and church planting projects. He continues to study Russian and often brings groups to experience international missions first hand. Mark also serves as a Coach-Consultant for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He says, "Encouraging Biblical church health and growth is deeply rewarding. I cannot think of anything that has a greater impact on the world than a united body of believers following the Master and fulfilling His mission." Mark desires to glorify God and further His Kingdom by helping people discover life worth living in Jesus Christ.

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