March 2019 Mind of the Missionary

“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,…

Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,…”

(Matthew 20.26,28)


Recently, I participated in two activities that showed me the importance of allowing others in the body of Christ to use their gifts, abilities, and talents. I watched some of our pastors, leaders, and church members talk about their church’s and our association’s vision. It was great to sit back and listen to our folks seek God’s direction. I was truly amazed!


Jon Bloom of Desiring God ministries said, “a servant leader sacrificially seeks the highest joy of those he serves.” It made me think of Jesus as He poured three years of His life into 12 disciples. He taught; He celebrated; He rejoiced; He cried; He performed miracles;  He rebuked; and He loved them. Through His serving them, they saw what it meant to serve, and this service would fill them with joy…a joy that would overflow. (John 15.11)


During the last week of His life, Jesus stated, “anyone who believes in Me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works.” (John 14.12 NLT)  One of my goals is for our people to discover their best ways to serve our Lord Jesus do those “greater works”. Over the next few months, you all will have several opportunities to serve and do those “greater works”. This could be through evangelistic outreach projects, training events, and mission trips. Whatever the opportunity might be, may God show you how to best serve Him in His Kingdom.


Until Next Month,


Bro. Lyle