God’s Word Says….
Romans 1:2-6 (MSG)
The sacred writings contain preliminary reports by the prophets on God’s Son. His descent from David roots him in history; his unique identity as Son of God was shown by the Spirit when Jesus was raised from the dead, setting him apart as the Messiah, our Master. Through him we received both the generous gift of his life and the urgent task of passing it on to others who receive it by entering into obedient trust in Jesus. You are who you are through this gift and call of Jesus Christ!
I believe that it would be a good idea for all who enter into service for the Lord, whether as a pastor, evangelist, elder, deacon, teacher or as a leader filling other areas of ministry, to stand up and declare their stand for the Lord Jesus, and their declared ministry purpose. I believe that Paul did this when addressing his fellow Jews at the very beginning of the great book of Romans. I also believe that if we are to be of any impact on the lost within our realm of influence – family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances, then we should, like Paul, clearly state the power of our awesome God, the purpose of Him sending His Son and the importance of why and how we must believe on Him. Especially if we want to live a noble life here on this earth and impact its inhabitants with the good news of the only One who can save us from our life of sin, and who makes His home accessible to us after our life here on earth. I believe this would be ministering with a purpose, and not just filling a job description. Paul declared this at the very beginning of the book, can we expect anything different as we continue through its chapters?
I believe we would show great expectations and goals in our ministries, if we would declare our purpose, and our allegiance to our Master, as we accept areas of ministries and commit ourselves to serving our Lord through His work here on earth. Too often our work for the Lord has been brought about because of an obligation by church leaders to fill a job description that might go unfilled, unless we step forward and accept it. Friends, I don’t believe that is scriptural, and I don’t believe God will use us if we do something out of a sense of obligation, and not from a heart of love and purpose. Now, I do believe that often God will use other leaders to encourage us into areas of ministry that we may not otherwise voluntarily step forward to do. But in accepting, I feel like we should have a similar sense of purpose and commitment that we could easily share, like Paul did, what we hope to achieve with God’s help and for His Kingdom. Sure, every job will have a job description, but we must learn to accept areas of ministry as a place to serve the Lord and to fulfill His great commission. If we aim at achieving anything other than God’s kingdom work, then we are leaving Jesus out of the picture and essentially doing our own think. We must love like He did, and we must serve showing His love through everything that we do or say. We must always remember that it is His work we are called to do, so we are to promote Him in everything we do, not ourselves.
Lord, from the very beginning You declared the heavens and Your glory in all that You did. You called men so that they too might fulfill Your purpose and Your will, so that all glory might be Yours. Please forgive us for so often getting in the way, for so often not allowing You to rule and reign through everything that we do. It often feels like the battle to win our world for You is being lost. Please help us towards surrendering Your work into Your powerful hands to accomplish Your glory. If You can use us to help in any portion of that, we would be willing, and eternally grateful. I acknowledge that we are mere instruments available to be used by You to accomplish Your work among Your people here on this earth. Please help us to be available to You, and not step in the way of Your mighty work. May Your will be the primary purpose and focus of our efforts in ministry for You, is my humble plea today, and I ask all this in Your most precious and marvelous name, “Jesus” my Lord. AMEN!
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