Gifted to Serve: Kgomotso Mothate

Every Christian is gifted for ministry. God has given every Christian at least one spiritual gift, and probably more. This section of our magazine is designed to encourage you to use your physical or spiritual gifts for the glory of the Lord.

Name:                 Kgomotso Mothate

Occupation:       Archivist, Wits University, Johannesburg

Church Name:   Miracle Rock of Ages Baptist Church, Pretoria (Senior Pastor: Lawrence Mogoera)

Position at Church: Director of Children’s ministry

Tell us a little about yourself

I am the daughter of the Most High God. I have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus. I love singing and music so much. I will soon start attending the guitar lessons which is my favourite instrument, especially bass. I was the Youth Choir Leader and also in the Worship Team for the same church before I cut down other responsibilities to focus and give more time to the Children’s Church which is my priority.

How long have you been with the Church?  

For 6 years. I served in different portfolios including cleaning, youth ministry and as the church board member over the years.

How did you know for sure that you are called to serve within your local Church?

I know that God don’t call people to be spectators but to be partakers. Jesus Himself said that He didn’t come to be served but to serve. I know what the Word of God says about idling hands. I knew that I was saved from the hand of the enemy to serve God, Luke 1:74. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us as Paul says in Romans 12:6-8. And I strongly believe that serving, teaching and giving are my gifts. Wow! Did I mention all that? Indeed my God is a generous God. It is my desire to be more like Him every day. 

What is the most spiritually renewing aspect of serving and what keeps you going?

At times it is not easy because you cannot always satisfy everyone. There will be criticism here and there but what really keeps me going is the fact that the Word of God says that “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24. So when I am discouraged and feel like giving up, Holy Spirit will whisper this Word to me and my strength will instantly be rejuvenated.

Another most important aspect of me serving in this ministry and that keeps me going on and on even if I feel tired, is the love and passion that I have for kids. God has laid that burden in my heart that I must dedicate my time to teach children about God. I strongly believe in what the Word of God says in Proverbs 22:6, to train up a child in the way of the Lord. You know a child’s mind is so fragile and can easily absorb whatever is injected to it especially at that tender age. Therefore, I have this strong impulse to lay down good foundation by injecting the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How important is prayer and studying the Word for a woman serving within the Church?

Prayer and studying the Word of God is an integral part of a ‘living’ or active Christian. I am saying a living Christian because if you don’t pray and study the word then you are dead though still alive. It is imperative for any serving Christian to study the Word of God because without that you will not survive. There are challenges out there that you cannot overcome without prayer, fasting and faith.

Why do you think it is important for Christian women to serve within their local Church?

Women are known to be pillars in all sphere of life. In SeTswana there is a saying that “mmangwana o tshwara thipa ka fa bogaleng”. Meaning that women are brave and won’t be stopped by anything to stand for what they represent. We see even during Jesus’ time that it was women who went first to the tomb to look for Jesus as He promised that He will die and rise again. Women should serve in the church as mothers, sisters, helpers and faithful servants of God Almighty.

What would you say to women who are wondering about how they fit into the Body of Christ?

I say “Women, you were born for such a time as this. You were saved to turn things around for the glory of God. You were not called to be spectators but partakers in the Kingdom. Do something that will glorify God even if it is cleaning or decorating the church. We can’t all preach, teach or prophesy. Just as a body is made up of different parts, there is an important role that you can play. There is a champion in you. There is something remarkable that you can do. There is a talent or gift that God has entrusted you with. Make use of it.”

So what would you say to those women who are still searching for His will and what to do next in their life?

Women, there is no other way but Jesus. He said in John 14:6 that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. If you are wondering about what are you called to do, then go to the book of Matthew 28:19-20 which is the great commission from our Lord Jesus Christ. Also read Acts 1:8. Yes there are different gifts and purpose to each one of us but we are all called to tell people the Good News about the Son of Man who came down and died for the sin of the world. Let us not be selfish about what we have received. Let us share it with others who are still blinded by the enemy. It is God’s will and desire for everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of truth, 1 Timothy 2:4.

Which Christian women do you take most of your personal inspiration from—either inside or outside your own church?

*Laughing* You know I have never really thought about that but two women that quickly comes in my mind when you ask about that are from my local church, mamoruti (the Pastor’s Wife), Mrs Mogoera and sis Tshidi Makhubu. These women are phenomenal and I always run to them when I need guidance and advice in the spiritual and other personal matters. The other well known woman of God whom I look up to is Shirley Ceasar. Her life and music inspires me a lot.

In one sentence, what do you believe God really wants from his daughters?

God wants us to know our true identity and our position in Him.