Where It All Began
I never thought I would write a book. It wasn’t until January 2017 when the men’s pastor at my church invited me to speak to his entire leadership team that the idea was first laid on my heart. He said, “Gary, I have watched the way you serve our Pastor the last few years and how you honor him. Can you teach my team about honor?” I gladly accepted the invitation. He really had no idea what I was going to share with them because I had no idea what I was going to share with them. I spent the next month praying and God began to reveal the message to me. It was the message I had been living and it was as if a light bulb had been turned on. I finally was able to see that I had a passion and dedication to honor.
By that point in my life, I had served in multiple ministries for twelve years; everything from youth ministry, internship, international travel, evangelism, co-leading a men’s small group, to overseeing the communications and production teams. During the last seven years, my primary function has been assisting the Senior Pastor.
Comprehending God’s standard of honor came at the hefty price of me eating a lot of humble pie over the years. I made mistakes…big mistakes.
I also made changes that altered my life for the better. But these events have given me a tremendous amount of experience in humility, because all those years I was growing and learning this sacrificial life of honor. When the men’s pastor asked me to share with his leaders, God showed me how he had developed honor in my life, and that he had a bigger purpose for that humble pie than I had originally believed.
When the time came to speak, I spent 50 minutes pouring into the men’s team. Since then, that pastor has reached out to me multiple times telling me the massive impact the teaching had on his entire ministry, shifting the culture of his team. The impact that the honor principles had on the team spread quickly. I was asked to speak to other ministry teams at our church and I realized the Body of Christ needed this message. The desire to share what God had revealed to me was born, teaching believers everywhere the power of serving your church and serving your leaders.
Many Christians are not walking in their calling or operating in their gifting because they are not planted and faithfully attending a local church.
Serving is the key to discovering God’s calling on your life.
My prayer is that your eyes will be opened to the truth of what it means to be a vessel of honor. I invite you to join the adventure and the journey. It is my hope that you are inspired, equipped, and motivated you to leave a legacy of honor.