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Sun, Nov 05, 2017

Thanksgiving For Destiny Helpers

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Throughout the Bible, we can see the importance of helpers towards the fulfillment of God’s purpose and plans for individuals and nations. All the heroes of the Bible were people who relied on others to succeed in all their endeavours. Abraham did not single-handedly deliver Lot, his nephew, from the people who abducted him. Rather, he had the support of 318 people that belonged to his household to overcome Lot’s abductors and set him free (Gen. 14:11-16). Moses did not single-handedly deliver the Israelites from captivity in Egypt. God provided Aaron, his brother, to help him in his mission (Exodus 4:13-16). When he complained to God about the burden of being solely responsible for leading the Israelites during their wilderness journeys, God raised up seventy of the elders of Israel to help him (Numbers 11:10-17). David also did not single-handedly achieve great success as a military leader and become the king of Israel. God raised up several men of valour who volunteered their services and helped him to take over the throne of Israel (1 Chron. 11-12).
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Throughout the Bible, we can see the importance of helpers towards the fulfillment of God’s purpose and plans for individuals and nations. All the heroes of the Bible were people who relied on others to succeed in all their endeavours. Abraham did not single-handedly deliver Lot, his nephew, from the people who abducted him. Rather, he had the support of 318 people that belonged to his household to overcome Lot’s abductors and set him free (Gen. 14:11-16). Moses did not single-handedly deliver the Israelites from captivity in Egypt. God provided Aaron, his brother, to help him in his mission (Exodus 4:13-16). When he complained to God about the burden of being solely responsible for leading the Israelites during their wilderness journeys, God raised up seventy of the elders of Israel to help him (Numbers 11:10-17).

David also did not single-handedly achieve great success as a military leader and become the king of Israel. God raised up several men of valour who volunteered their services and helped him to take over the throne of Israel (1 Chron. 11-12). In the New Testament, our Lord Jesus Christ had His own band of disciples that went everywhere with Him and to whom He committed many evangelistic tasks (Matt. 4:18-22; 10:1-10; Mk. 4:13-18). After the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit to inaugurate the church, it became clear to the Apostles that they needed helpers and thus began the ministry of Deacons in the church (Acts 6:1-6). The success of Paul in his ministry as the apostle to the Gentiles cannot be credited to him alone.

Paul would be the first to admit that several people contributed to the success of his ministry. There are many passages in all his epistles to illustrate this fact. One of these passages is Romans 16. However, this passage is more than an acknowledgement of the fact that other people helped Paul in his ministry. The passage also teaches us to appreciate the people that God used, or God is using, as channels of His blessings so that we can fulfill our destinies as ordained by God. This is what Paul did in Romans 16. One of the persons that Paul singled out for appreciation was a woman named Phoebe. According to Paul, Phoebe was a Christian sister who deserved to be welcomed and befriended. She was a woman beloved by Paul and the believers of her church, highly esteemed as a genuine sister of the faith.

Phoebe was a servant of the church at Cenchreae. The word "servant" is the word deacon or deaconess. This means that Phoebe held the official position of a deacon in the early church. Today, we have come, not only to give thanks to God for bringing us to the end of another year, but also to express our appreciation to the men and women who have ever served as deacons and deaconesses of this church. The set of deacons and deaconesses that were ordained/inducted on November 4, 2012 completed their five-year tenure last Friday, November 3, 2017. It was while we were praying and planning toward this year’s end-of-year thanksgiving service that we realized that it will be coming up just a couple of days after the completion of service by this set of deacons and deaconesses.

As I reflected on the blessings that their lives and services have brought upon individuals, families, and the church as a whole, God impressed upon my mind the need to use this occasion to thank Him for those that He raised up as channels of His blessings—both physical and spiritual— to us. We thank every one of our dear sisters and brothers who just completed their service as deacons and deaconesses for allowing God to use them as channels of His blessings to His people.    

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