ON MY DESK! It sat on my office desk for years. I put it there when I entered full-time Christian service as a Youth Pastor. As I was pursuing a college and seminary education I had never really thought about being a Youth Pastor but here I was beginning a life-time of service to God and His Church as a Youth Pastor. It was a good experience but I am thankful and I am sure generations of teens are thankful that God in a few years moved me on to being a common everyday Pastor. At that time I found my office desk hidden away in what used to be called the Choir room; a small room with a window, an outside door an entrance to the baptismal pool and another door that led to a walkway to another room. On my desk I placed a small card with this verse from God’s Word, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). I needed to read that verse every day and remind myself that somehow God would help me through the day and give me what I needed to fulfill this assignment He had given me which was totally new to me and the Church I served. That card remained on my desk for years as my ministry assignments and locations changed and somewhere along the way it was lost or misplaced but the verse and the reality of the verse has reminded in my heart and in my mind.
This morning as I faced the day and the circumstances in life as the Executive Director of a Christian missions organization with many pressing needs; and a personal life that has needs far different from the days as a Youth Pastor with a wife and two young teenagers, I was reminded of this bible verse once again. In love God was willing to give up His own Son to die for me and the rest of mankind so our sins could be forgiven and our relationship with God restored. God on this day will graciously give me all things I need to make it through this day including the resources to serve the ministry He has appointed me to and the ministry to the family He has given me. Things have changed a lot in my life and ministry over the last fifty years but the reality of the bible verse on the card on my desk has remained the same.