Rev. Andy Rambo
Thank you to all the people of First Church for such an incredible welcoming for the Rambo family into the life and ministry of this historic church. I look forward to getting the opportunity to meet each of you face to face and hear your stories of how God has drawn you to Himself and to the people of First Church.
I shared with many of you my love for the passage of Matthew 9:35-38. This passage has served for me as a continuous call to reorient my way of viewing ministry from my limited perspective to Jesus’ eternal perspective. It doesn’t take long in life and in ministry to view the potential for reaching others for Christ with a pessimistic attitude. It just seems all indicators in our culture point towards a negative outlook for the task of "making disciples".
I ask you to join me in a daily discipline of praying that God would allow us to see the people of downtown Memphis and beyond the way He sees them. When most would have stood on that hilltop with Jesus and seen hundreds of people scurrying about with no direction and therefore no meaningful destination, Jesus declared to His disciples that the harvest was indeed plentiful and the time to reap the harvest was now. He told His disciples they didn’t need to worry about finding people to reach the Gospel. He called them to pray for more workers in the field because the harvest was more than they could handle alone.
I pray we would all re-commit ourselves to the true calling of all followers of Jesus to making disciples as well as pray God would send us more and more who would stand with us with a passion and a commitment of seeing the people around us with the eyes of Jesus.
Grace and peace,