You Matter

Name the twelve disciples. No googling. Perhaps you start off strong – Peter, James, John, Thomas, Andrew, Judas … no, take Judas off since he betrayed Christ …

Having witnessed a few minutes of the red-carpet celebrity strut of the Academy Awards, it still amazes me who seems to matter and what some people will actually wear in public. There will always be headliners who get more than their share of attention, but what happens to the stars if the “little people” don’t do their jobs?

You may not know the full list of the disciples, but Jesus did. He called each of them. They mattered. One of the wonderful things about belonging to Him is that each of us matters. He doesn’t love some of us more than He loves all of us.

I love the passage in Isaiah 43 – “I have called you by name; you are Mine.” He calls each of us. We all matter.

Some people live out their calling without much fanfare. The spotlight doesn’t fall on them. They are like the guy who was escorting some starlet to a movie premiere. The media was pushing and shoving to get a picture or an interview, the fans were frantic to see who was in the next limo. This guy steps out and a reporter with microphone and big hair yells to him, “Are you anybody?”

Look around. You will see the called serving at church. A few examples:

  • Currently, Adele Cleveland, Laura Rogers, Wyona Stephens, and Ted Wood have been serving as counters. When the offerings are given, someone has to handle the money with dedication and confidentiality. Carolyn Watford, our Financial Controller, works with them to accurately separate and record our gifts. In effect, they are stewards of our stewardship. Many people have served through the years without much notice in this important role. On behalf of our congregation, I express deep appreciation for their labor of love. Each of them matters.
  • We have a team of people who work with sound and lighting for worship and other activities. Alan Keel, Julie Hunter, Davis Scoles, Will McCollum, Joe Hughes, Kevin McDonald, Tony Petrucelli, and Dean Matthews serve on our tech team. They might get noticed when we have sound issues, but working those boards is anything but easy. I am grateful for the time, focus, interest, and expertise they bring to the task.
  • There are many others that we will mention going forward. Each matters to the ministry of Wieuca!

Jesus call us all. The way we employ our time, talent, and treasure illustrates our response. You matter!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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