Risks and Rewards

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As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. Matthew 3:16 NIV

Risks and Rewards



I was nervous as all get out. All eyes seemed to be locked on to me, and each of their heads swayed in unison with every move I made. I was clearly out numbered, and in the case of a stampede, I was sure to lose. In this moment, I was forced to trust that I was in this position for a reason. Doubts that swarmed my brain had to be put in their place. After all, if I didn’t start teaching these third and fourth graders, who would? When the Children’s Pastor originally asked me to serve in this way, I was completely excited. I had never had this kind of opportunity before, and I jumped at it with full enthusiasm. However, actually standing in front of sixty kids was a whole lot different than I had pictured in my mind; mainly, just a whole lot scarier. Hands shaking, I opened up my Bible and began to share the passage that I had been assigned. Like a locomotive I was slow out of the gate, barely moving in fact, as I tried to unpack the Greatest Story Ever Written to seven, eight, and nine year olds. When I began to explain the concept of redemption, I can remember clearly even to this day what happened next. In this moment I realized how important this message was for these kids, because I realized how important it was for me. A powerful wave filled my up soul as I continued to share about how much Jesus loved these kids, and I was reminded he loved me too.


I could not believe I had been entrusted with such a high responsibility. I needed to be led, taught, and shepherded by Jesus, yet He asked me to do the same for others. He found it proper to use me as He did His work.

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
Matthew 3:13-15 NIV

There are many excuses that you can fabricate to deny the ministry opportunities that God brings to you today. Should you risk it, without exception, your humble choice to serve The King of Kings and Lords of Lords will result in the pleasure of God and the development of your soul.

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