|Noun||1.||lynchpin– a central cohesive source of support and stability; “faith is his anchor”; “the keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money”; “he is the linchpin of this firm”
support – something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest; “the policy found little public support”; “his faith was all the support he needed”; “the team enjoyed the support of their fans”
|2.||lynchpin– pin inserted through an axletree to hold a wheel on
pin – a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things
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Recently, my husband and I have been talking about the importance of the lynchpin in our church. Having a lynchpin is like the first domino. When it is pushed over the whole thing falls. Indeed, a lynchpin is a driving force.
I saw a YouTube video on the effects of a single good deed. One person did something nice and in turn another did something nice and so on. The first person was the lynchpin.
What change for good can we do as lynchpins in our churches? I’ve read so many stories of great men and women of God doing amazing things. I’ve interviewed people across the country doing amazing things right now. However, one person, in one place can only do so much. What if an entire church took on the power and authority given to them by God and worked together to make a difference in our cities, our countries, and our world? Can’t a church be a lynchpin? What could we do?
Back on the Day of Pentecost as recorded in the book of Acts in the Bible, it all started with just 12 men who finally realized just Who Jesus really Is–God, all powerful, all knowing, all present. When they were filled with His Spirit they couldn’t contain themselves. They had to worship, they had to preach, they had to share what they had been given. It wasn’t given to just the 12 Apostles. The Holy Ghost was given to over 120 that day. Those people went out and did amazing things, starting churches, doing miracles, changing lives. Then, over 3000 were filled with that beautiful Spirit of God and baptized in His name–Jesus. (This all happened on that same Day of Pentecost!) It kept snowballing from there. Soon, there were churches all over the known world.
The original Lynchpin was Jesus’ Spirit poured out. From there, many lynchpins were born even up to today. My God has placed you and I here for such a time as this. (Yes, even Queen Esther was a lynchpin in her time, saving the lives of thousands of her people.)
Our God has called each and every one of us to be lynchpins, driving forces to bless the lives of those around us. As we submit to the authority God has placed over us, pastors, leaders, teachers, etc, we are set free to be a blessing to all those around us. We can, by a simple word of encouragement change a life for eternity.
You’ve heard it said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ I say, ‘Start giving what you have been given. You will see that this is true!’ You will indeed be blessed!
The Lord has so much for us, but we must go out and give and live like we believe His Word. Then, we will see those signs and miracles following us. We will become the lynchpins in those lives around us and see lives changed, including our own!
Don’t wait for the Lord to tell you to bless someone. Seek to do it right now! You’ll never be the same.