I have been visiting different organizations and ministries over the last four weeks in an effort to build our connections in the community and to hear from God about what He desires for Parkway. Each and every one of these ministries has impressed me with their determination and perseverance. Some of them like Christ Clinic, a medical clinic in Katy, have been working towards their vision for 17 years. Katy Christian Ministries has been providing community resources since 1984. Most of these organizations have stories of challenges and difficulties that they have had to overcome in order to continue serving and loving people. Mike Malkemes with Generation One, a program helping families in the 3rd Ward, shared with me that seven of the boys they have cared for in their programs have been murdered over the last few years. So, with the highs and lows that have come in their ministries, I have to wonder what makes them stay so dedicated?
I believe that these organizations have a profound desire for God to be glorified throughout the world and in their communities. They desire that God is glorified in people’s weaknesses and sicknesses. They desire that God be glorified despite poverty and hopeless situations. They believe that God has the power to change lives in the present and in eternity. This belief fuels their passion to share the power of God with those who need it most desperately.
Likewise, we must be people fueled by a passion to see God glorified. With that passion, coupled with the belief in the power of God, we begin to recognize that it is imperative for us to not only invite people to church to hear the gospel message, but that like Jesus, we must meet people where they are. God did not just
send us a message, He sent us a messenger. Consider the attitude of Jesus:
“Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:6-8
Like Jesus, we must be the Incarnational Messenger. We can not only proclaim the gospel, but we must also demonstrate it.
We serve and care for others because God requires it, but also because we recognize that Jesus did the same for us. He set the example, and we must follow. God is most glorified when we humble ourselves and love our neighbor. The need to bring Him glory is what will drive us here at Parkway. Knowing that God has the power to save is what we will demonstrate as we learn how to serve others better. I hope that you will join me and others as we grow in perseverance and determination to bring God glory through the Missions Ministry here at the Park.