Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Not all the Members Serve the Same Function

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Romans 12:4-5 (NET)
4 For just as in one body we have many members, and not all the members serve the same function, so we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually we are members who belong to one another.
Even though Devin was anointed and had the manifestation of spiritual gifts in his life, every attempt he made venturing into [the church] ministry failed woefully. He sought the Lord because it started appearing as if God was the one resisting him, and it was true. God anointed him but didn't send him to be a minister to the church. He was to be a movie producer, producing movies that would influence a generation for righteousness.

One of the more painful things happening in the body of Christ today is that when a young man or woman senses the presence of spiritual gifts and the Anointing in his life, he automatically assumes that that means he has been called into ministry to the Church.

Every believer is a minister of God. This means we are all to be ministers/stewards of the reality, presence, nature, virtues, and knowledge of God. There are two categories of ministers in the body of Christ. There are those who are ministers to the Church and there are those who are ministers of God to the world. Those who are ministers to the church include the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers. They are ordained by God to edify the church and equip God's people for the work of ministry(Ephesians 4:12). Every other believer who is not in this first category of ministers is in the second category. Most believers are in the second category. They are ministers of God to the world. This does not mean they are not to be a blessing to the church, but their assignment is to be ministers of God to the world--representing christ in the various spheres of human endeavors.

Some believers in this second category are as anointed and gifted as those in the first, but they would know that their kingdom assignment is not to the church but to the outside world as light in a dark generation. They are those who would build institutions that, even though they may seem circular, would give expression to the reality and principles of God's kingdom(principles of justice, mercy, and faithfulness). They are going to be business owners, media influencers, academicians and scientists, administrators, government officials, and leaders, etc. They are God's plantings in the different spheres of the human experience. Their job is to represent Jesus in those spheres and bring the influence of God's kingdom there.

Righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost are attributes of God's kingdom. This means ministers of God in the business world(for example) would uphold just and righteous principles and shun ungodly quick gain tactics. This means those in government would refuse to join in the corruption and greed but would be examples of godliness and contentment.

There are some innovative businesses and science that God is releasing anointing upon His sons to introduce. All such anointing should not be channeled and squandered on 'pulpit ministry'. God needs His sons in the 'market place' as well as on the pulpits.

Go into today knowing that grace and divine help would be abundant when you are in the place God has planted you to represent Him.
Prayer: Lord to help you focus on where He has sent you and be fruitful.
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