The Power To Hand Out A Sandwich


Where do you serve in your church?? In children’s ministry?? On the sound crew?? Are you a greeter or an usher?? Wherever you serve, you need the power of the Holy Spirit.

We can tend to think it’s only leaders who need the Spirit’s anointing.? The pastor needs the Spirit’s power when he preaches, because the most brilliant thoughts can’t penetrate a dead heart unless God empowers them.? Certainly the worship leader needs the Spirit’s anointing if the worship is going to be any more spiritual than singing campfire songs.

But what about the children’s teachers and helpers, the bookkeeper or the secretary?? What about the care group doing the car wash?

In the early church a crisis arose when certain poor widows were overlooked in the distribution of food.? The meals on wheels ministry was important, but surely it wouldn’t take a super-spiritual person to hand out box lunches.? What’s the big deal?? Pack up a few sandwiches, jump on your local mule and run them around to the poor.

But look at the what this “menial” task of food distribution required:

Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty (Acts 6.3).

Really?? Did it actually require a good reputation and being full of the Spirit and wisdom just to hand out food?? Yes.

The Holy Spirit desires to anoint us for the tasks that don’t seem that spiritual or difficult on the surface, from helping in children’s ministry to serving on the admin team for youth camp.

I so appreciate BethAnn, a woman in our church who spearheads meals for our new members class.? She plans and organizes the meals with joy and excellence, right down to different weekly decorative themes for the tables.? Even the regular and decaf coffee have little signs decorated with the theme of the week.? BethAnn’s cheerful, creative service has the Holy Spirit’s thumbprint all over it.? I don’t believe she would model the humble servanthood of Jesus in the way she does apart from being filled with the Spirit.

So whether you’re caring for the sick, preparing the snacks for care group, or greeting on Sunday morning pray for the Spirit to fill you with joy and power and wisdom whenever you serve in Jesus’ name.

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I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.