As Thanksgiving fast approaches I have been trying to pause from the busyness of life to look for evidences of God’s grace and to see more clearly all of the reasons that I have to be thankful. One of the things that I am most thankful for is to be part of the amazing team at Subsplash. I have the opportunity on a daily basis to help equip churches with ministry tools that are being used to forward the Gospel of Jesus Christ as Lord around the world. I love serving His Church! To be completely transparent, one of the questions that has been a companion to my thankfulness is the question, “Why?”. Why Subsplash? Why The Church App? Why not full time vocational ministry? Why not church planting or missionary work? How do I know that what I’m doing, and even more importantly, what we’re doing here at Subsplash, is making an impact? The answer to that question is found in the pages of scripture:
“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:16-20 ESV)
When Jesus Christ calls us to follow him, He calls us to be part of his family, part of His Church, and part of His Mission. The only question that remains is how do we play out our part in that mission? Should we all be full-time preaching pastors? Should we all be full time (paid) missionaries? Anyone who has attended Sunday school knows the answers to those questions. The Church is a body, with many parts, and many members and we all can’t and shouldn’t be doing the same thing. Finding out what it is that we should be doing, at an extremely practical level, becomes all about the gifts and opportunities that God has given us.
Here at Subsplash, we have the unique opportunity to live in an area where technology isn’t just an industry, it’s a way of life. All around us we see people eating, breathing, living tech. Technology has become so ubiquitous, such an integral part of how we communicate and share information, that it is becoming a language unto itself (even my dog is named after an iPhone app!). As this landscape is becoming more clear, we are also seeing that God is using technology to forward the Gospel around the world. Much like the printing press opened God’s Word to thousands upon thousands of people, technology is opening God’s Word to millions that have never heard the name of Jesus Christ, many of whom live in our neighborhoods. We want to play our part.
At Subsplash, playing our part looks like bringing together men and women that love Jesus and His Church, and have a passion for using their unique gifts and talents to develop, deliver, and support mobile technology tools. These tools are then able to benefit our clients and delight our end users. Everything that we do is steeped in the Great Commission. From encouraging each other in the office, to praying for and with the churches that we have an opportunity to work with, to laboring over our technology to make it better and better, to making sure that we tip well when we go out to lunch, we want to Glorify God in everything that we do.
I’ll close by turning the spotlight back on myself. Why am I here? Why am I part of the team at Subsplash instead of doing something else? Quite simply, because the gifts and talents that God has given me have afforded me an amazing opportunity to be part of a team that is carrying out the Great Commission on a daily basis. My hope in writing this is that YOU would be encouraged. Regardless of what you do, it doesn’t always feel like you are doing the Lord’s work, but you are. Whether you work with your hands or work in a cubical, whether you’re a mega church pastor or small church IT tech, God has placed you in a unique position to use your gifts and talents to serve His Church and be part of His Mission. God is giving all of us an opportunity, no matter the circumstance, to do our work with excellence and make an impact for the Kingdom. Delight today in the gifts and opportunities that God is giving you and be thankful for all of His Grace.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
Sola Dei Gloria