Consider the results of your efforts when you approach them with a willing heart; a willing spirit that challenges the shortcomings of the body. In your prayers, ask God for a willing spirit to sustain you (Psalms 51:12) because willingness does not recognize barriers, only obstacles. Willingness gives freely; it does not require a contract or a return. Willingness operates with care, love, and concern; it does not move about recklessly, looking only at the finish line and not the beauty of the journey. A willing heart does not suffer regret nor does it heed to challenges. As we press on to do the work God has called us to do, let us altogether finish it so that our eager willingness may be matched by the completion of it (2 Corinthians 8:11). For we act according to God’s will and for his purpose (Philippians 2:13).

Let us prayerfully enter into our work, applying to it a willing spirit and applying the gift God has given us; serving others and faithfully administering God’s grace (1 Peter 4:10). Let us examine our hearts in the matter of giving, sharing, and serving in our church and community. Consider as evidence the outcome of a willing spirit through Christ on the cross; the word of God through the inspiration of willing men; the advent of a new building through vision and willing hands; spiritual guidance through willing leadership.
We now embark on a new journey to root deeper and branch wider both in the church and the community. It is with willing hearts and hands that we must come together to shepherd the flock of God that is among us that we can all be partakers in the glory that is to be revealed (1 Peter 5:1-4).

Greg Nembhard