I Thessalonians 1:1 – Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I’ve never heard of Silvanus or Timothy getting credit for co-authoring I Thessalonians – but they did. Paul the pastor and leader of these great men is attributed with authoring this epistle. He wrote this epistle with the help of these great men. I don’t know which words they wrote: perhaps they were co-senders; either way they were vital.
There is a lesson to be learned here: kingdom ministry often doesn’t include a spotlight. However, know that even if you don’t get proper credit, you’re still a blessing to the kingdom of God; and that’s all that really matters.
I pastor a great group of people. Our leaders are excelling and growing. I believe in their gifting and ministry. I delegate like the bible teaches us to do. I believe in positioning the people and then turning them loose to use their unique gifting.
That being said, often when events turn out great, I’m the one that gets the credit.
I readily admit that I have many co-authors.
Our awesome Halloween Carnival is the result of somebody else’s vision. I wrote just a couple of words in that great unfolding story. The credit goes to my co-authors.
Our Sunday service is generally preached by me; the scheduling, set-up, and synergy is the work of my co-authors. They have many more paragraphs in that ongoing story than myself.
If you ask me what is going to happen during any given event, my answer will probably be, “I don’t know.” If you have a question about our Point Kids ministry, I will direct you to the co-authors.
- If you receive a Starbucks card from our church after visiting – give the credit to my co-authors.
- If you enjoyed the Welcome Center – give the credit to my co-authors.
- If your children loved the child-care offered in every service – give the credit to my co-authors.
God’s book had many co-authors. So does the story He is writing through ConnectPoint.
I thank Jesus for Silvanus and Timothy (of course their names are different in my context).
Without my co-authors there wouldn’t be anything to read.