Ray H. Hughes, Jr.
In the Mediterranean Sea west of Lydia and east of Crete is a tiny island in whose northeast corner is the city of Rhodes. At the entrance to the city’s harbor once stood the famous Colossus of Rhodes, a huge bronze statue of the sun-god Apollo measuring 105 feet tall placed there in 280 B.C. So imposing was the towering statue that it was considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Thirty-six years after the statue’s completion it was thrown into the sea by a powerful earthquake. No longer were people influenced by this gigantic pagan image upon entering the harbor. It was submerged forever and forgotten.
Perhaps as a lay coordinator there are things that loom large before you that become stumbling blocks or hinder you from doing your best for God. Like the Colossus of Rhodes they seem bigger than life and unmovable. Such obstacles as the “fear of failure” (the overpowering sense that you may not be qualified) or “indifference,” (let the pastor do it) can rob you of being all God intends for you to be. We have nothing to fear, for Jesus assures us in Luke 12:32 “Fear not . . . for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. Also, in Isaiah 45:2, God says, “I will go before you and level the mountains, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron.” With God preparing the way, no obstacle is too big—not even mountains!
God has empowered all believers to work in His kingdom. Prayerfully choose the areas of ministry best suited for you and your congregation. Remember, don’t be afraid, for He has prepared the way for you. Then, in the vernacular of my youngest son, “Go for it.”