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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 18, 2021

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SATURDAY, September 18                  Ember Day

1 Corinthians 4:1 Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries.

“Don’t imagine us leaders to be something we aren’t.” This is how today’s epistle passage begins in The Message version of the Bible.

I grew up in a ministry family. In fact, so many people in my family were in ministry that we half-jokingly called it the “family business.” Growing up, I learned two important things about church leaders (lay or ordained, of any gender, seminary-educated or not). First, all ministers need toilet paper. They are human people with human needs, desires, and funny bones. That means they too need things like rest, the assumption of goodwill, and authentic community.

Secondly, no leader is good in all parts of the job. Generally, there are some big, gaping holes. If we are open, these gaps can be a beautiful way for everyone to jump in and help with the work of ministry, a reminder that we—the baptized, young and old, ordained and lay—are all partners in the gospel work, imperfections and all. These holes provide opportunity, ways to live into our joint call to be servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

MOVING FORWARD: How do you understand your role in ministry?

Pray for the Diocese of Faisalabad (Pakistan)

Ps 75, 76 * 23, 27 | 2 Kings 2:1-18 | 1 Corinthians 4:1-7 | Matthew 5:17-20

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