Report for Duty

Anyone who was around Los Angeles in the late 1900s knew an amazing African American preacher named E.V. Hill. He had a church in south-central LA and was a great communicator of God’s Word. I was there on a day he dubbed “Report-for-duty Sunday.” He exhorted the congregation that every person who sits in the pews should have something that is their duty, their assignment, that helps carry the rest of the church. He believed everyone in the church has a part to play. Everyone has a bit part that makes up the huge orchestra, this massive team that goes out from the church. He called people to report for duty.


He said there are three things that you need to look for in deciding what your particular duty is. First, what is your gifting? What are the things God has given to you that are unique and that put you in a place to do ministry in your church or your neighborhood.


Second, what is your passion? What is it that really excites you or that you just have a heart for? Sometimes it’s because you share an issue. You are a mother of multiples kids, you have a child that has died, you’ve chosen not to have children, and you relate to people like you. Sometimes God gives you a specific passion, like for those suffering with cancer and illnesses. So, whatever your passion is, find something that fits your gifting and passion.


The third thing to look for is the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life. What is the Spirit leading you to do? You put gifting, passion, and leading together and that sweet spot is going to bring you joy. You will report for duty not out of duty, but out of love.