Friday, October 22, 2010

What Is Your Ministry? Part 2

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In yesterday’s post, we discussed that having a ministry is not about “finding your purpose” or “developing your spiritual gifts” or about being involved in every activity that comes along. Today we will examine what the Bible says about what our ministries should be.

I know this probably goes without saying, but just to reiterate, we all need to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. (Matthew 6:33) Remember John 15:5: I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.Without a firm connection to the vine, we are nothing and we can do nothing. Stay firmly planted on the Rock by being faithful in prayer and Bible Study.

Continuing with the passage in Romans that we started with yesterday, Paul goes on to give us some guidelines about what we are to do:
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”
(Romans 12:9-16, NIV)

So, we seek God first, then we are to love one another, and show joy, patience and faithfulness. We are to be generous, particularly toward other Christians, and we should show hospitality to one another, especially to those who might be considered “socially inferior,” because status is nothing – we are all equal before God.

“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death –
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.  (Philippians 2:1-13, NIV)

Secondly, remember that “having a ministry” is an act of “ministering to” the needs of others. Your ministry should be about showing Christ’s love to those around you – to those closest to you first, then to your brothers and sisters in Christ, and then to those whom you can influence by your words and actions. On Monday we will discuss some of the ways that you can minister to the needs of those in your realm of influence that will communicate Christ’s love.



2 comments:

  1. What a lovely post, great affirmations:-)

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  2. Thank you, Suzanne, for visiting with me! Have a blessed week!

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