Everyone Follows

This week’s devotion is written by Grace Heimerdinger-Baake, Director of Youth and Family Ministry.

“There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; and there are different ministries and the same Lord; and there are different activities but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.” -1 Cor. 12:4-6

This past Sunday was Youth-Led Worship. This particular Sunday is when children and youth of the congregation participate in all aspects of worship, from serving as a communion assistant to leading music to giving the sermon. RLC has talented children and youth who want to live out their faith, assist with worship, and share the good news of the resurrected Jesus. Turns out, our children and youth are eager to assist with worship and to feel a part of the worship service. 

As worship was happening, I found myself thinking about Paul’s letter to the people of Corinth when Paul writes that anyone who is a follower of Jesus is part of the body and every part of the body is blessed with unique gifts and talents. 

We shouldn’t be surprised when a kindergartener is assisting with communion. When asked how she would like to assist with worship on May 1, the kindergartener responded proudly and without hesitation, “I want to serve the bread or the wine.” Throughout the last two years, she had been helping serve communion to her family members as they worshiped online due to COVID.

And, as we listened to the sermon this past Sunday, we heard from two high school seniors on how they will use their experiences, their gifts, and their passion to show the love of Jesus through their vocations as a teacher and as a nurse. 

Nowhere in Paul’s letter does it mention special requirements such as age, sex, race, or other differences to be a follower of Jesus. God has equipped all of us to be followers of Jesus in our own and unique ways. For some of us, we may serve Jesus through teaching Sunday School or preparing food for those in need. For others, you may show Jesus’ love by mowing the grass and replacing light bulbs. For our younger members, they may share the love of Jesus by playing with new friends.  

Dear Jesus, you have called us to follow you. Help us use our talents to serve you and to share your love with the world. Amen.