The annual Ladies Conference was held at Temperance, Michigan on October 3, 2009.  Sister Kim Isham of the host church welcomed the ladies and President Lois Centers officially opened the meeting.  Kim Walden, Secretary-Treasurer greeted each one at the registration desk.

Sister Lorinda was opening speaker followed by Sister Linda Rose and Sister Ellanor Yelverton,  Below is a condensed version of what Lorinda shared with the ladies at the meeting.  Several ladies from Lincoln Park church traveled in the church van driven by Karen Jacobs, and we were very proud of our pastor's wife.  She did a wonderful job as she reminded us that we need to always be found faithful and can be assured that appropriate rewards will be waiting for us if we are faithful in our service to the Lord.

Faithfulness Rewarded

In Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus gave a parable about a man going on a journey.  As he left he gave his servants talents to be put to good use while he was away.

To one he gave five talents, to another he gave two and to another he gave one.

They were given talents according to their different abilities (Matthew 25:15).  Romans 12:6-8 says that we are given gifts according to His grace.  It is to His choosing what we are qualified to do, then as we perform those services the Holy Spirit empowers us to accomplish each task.

In 1 Corinthians 12:4-5, Paul writes that there are diversities of gifts and differences of administrations.

The definition for the word administer is "to render a service."  Acts 9:36 tells about a woman named Dorcas who sewed coats for the poor.  Acts 16:14-15 tells about Lydia, a new convert who showed hospitality to Paul and Silas.  Both of these acts could be considered rendering a service.

Today the church depends mostly on volunteer help.  There are some churches which can afford to have paid staff members, but in most churches that is not the case.  There are services needed such as teachers, secretaries and treasurers, janitors and leaders.  There are other works to be done such as visiting those who are sick or in prison.

I remember when I was a young girl how the ladies of the church would gather at each other's houses and make fried pies.  They would start early in the morning and work all day.  I remember going door to door with my mother to sell them.  All of the ladies seemed so happy as they labored to help the church meet their financial needs with their cooking talent.

There is a song that says, "Little is much if God is in it."  Remember, Jesus said in the parable, "if we are faithful over a few  things He would make us ruler over many things."

As I taught this lesson at the Ladies conference, I gave this illustration:

I have a lovely floral couch in my living room.  Under the couch there are six legs that are holding it up off the floor; however, there is a skirt around the bottom so the legs are hidden.  Without these legs the couch could not function as it should.  Even though the legs are not seen they are performing an important service.  They are doing their job so the couch can do its job.

It takes all of us working together so God's church can function as it should, so be faithful with your talent.  The man who was left with only one talent made excuses as to why he couldn't fulfill what he had been asked to do and he lost his reward.

Keep in mind always that we are servants of our Lord Jesus Christ and serve in love.  Everything He did had LOVE written all over it; we are to be imitators of Him.  This will help us to remain always faithful, then we can hear the Lord say to us, "Well done, thy good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a few things; I will make you ruler over many.  Enter thou into the joy of the Lord" (Matthew 25:21).

Lorinda Lee Grubbs

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 @ October 3, 2009










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