OJPM volunteers are talented people
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability . . . His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” (New International Version 1984, Matthew 24:14,15, 23).
OJPM chaplain volunteers have been entrusted by God with unique talents to take the gospel to the men and women in our county jails. You are invited to join the OJPM family as we honor them at our 25th Anniversary Volunteer Appreciation Banquet, Friday, September 23rd at First Baptist Church, 301 NE 27th St., Moore, Oklahoma. Fellowship time will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner starting at 6:00 p.m.
Patty Gasso, head coach of the University of Oklahoma national championship softball team, will be our keynote speaker. Gasso has coached at Oklahoma for 22 years and has won three national titles.
We are forgoing formal invitations this year, so please RSVP by September 18th with your name, email address or phone number and the total number of attenders to email@example.com or (405) 917-2242.
This month I have the privilege of preaching at my home church, First Baptist, Piedmont, Oklahoma. With my focus on honoring our volunteers at our annual banquet, I have been reading Romans 10 (see last month’s article) and Matthew 25 almost every day.
For my message at Piedmont the Lord has laid on my heart six lessons from the parable of the talents. These lessons speak directly to the volunteers we have as the core of our OJPM family. They are:
- Each servant is given some talents
- Each servant is entrusted with talents
- The master determines who receives what
- There is a day of accountability for each servant
- The master is equally pleased with all the servants who use their talents
- Depending on your perspective this parable seems very fair or very unfair
I consider myself a two-talent guy. There are people who have more talent than I have and there are people who have less than I have. I do not feel like a victim because someone has more than I have and I try not to look down on those who seem to have less.
As I have worked with our site chaplains and chaplain volunteers coming up on two years I believe they are Spirit anointed and God talented people who have the same heart and desire as I have.
I am trying to use the talents God has given me in the way that I believe He wants them used. My hope is that one day I will stand in front of Him and hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
I know that is what I will be telling our talented servants at our banquet.
Unleashing the captives,