January 30, 2012
Today’s Meditation Verse:
I Corinthians 12
4) Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5) And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6) There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7) But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
I truly believe the key to becoming the New Testament church that God desires, is dependent on how we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, both as an individual and as a body.
The Holy Spirit is the giver of gifts. He gives gifts for the spirit, soul and body, but there are some gifts that are strictly set aside as ministry gifts. Now before you check out and say that you are not in a ministry so this does not pertain to you – don’t.
If you are admittedly a part of the body of Christ, you have a ministry! You may not want one out of fear of failure or fear of losing control over your own life, but you have one, even if you have not chosen to step into it yet.
Usually when the word ministry is thought of one thinks of preachers and teachers and those who work with missions. But, the ministry of the gospel is much larger than that. The ministry of the body of Christ is for every second of every day regardless of where we are or what we are doing.
We are called to minister, even if only in a small way to everyone that crosses our path.
You may only need to be kind to that person who needs so desperately for someone to be kind to them.
You may only need to offer an encouraging word to a co-worker who is struggling.
You may only need to offer to do a chore for your neighbor who is ill.