Early morning snow fall. Men with shovels over their shoulders march through the snowy streets. To make the way straight for the workers soon to follow on their way to their places of employment.
This is a productive relationship. Snow shovelers and commuters on their way to work. We are productive too. We are thinking about the work of God’s grace in our lives. God’s grace frees us from working for our salvation. That work is already done. Each and every one can trade a life of working for salvation for a life of living in grace. We are free!
We never have to work for salvation. So does that mean we are idle? No it doesn’t. We still have the work of showing love and helping each other.
A very good friend of ours, Pastor Ed Hohberg recently passed away. Pastor Ed was both a mentor and a friend. He was a guiding inspiration both as a minister and as someone to talk through life with.
Pastor Ed taught us a very important lesson. God does not call us to independence from each other. He calls us to interdependence. We need each other and the work to help each other.
“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”James 2:17-20 KJV
We need each other. This is especially true in ministry. God does not call us to do small things. And in order to accomplish what God is calling us to do, we need a community of committed servants.
With Pastor Ed’s guidance, this ministry reached a worldwide audience. Founded early in the social media era, this ministry foreshadowed some of the technology we now take for granted. Such as live video, and linking in multiple social media sites. He led us with his vision and his wisdom, and he has been a good friend. We love and will miss him.
We are passing Pastor Ed Hohberg’s lessons on to you. Live in God’s grace. Help each other and love each other. We will continue to work to touch the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We love you.
Pastors Willie and Rochelle McIntosh