Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Every Believer Is a Minister

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Ephesians 4:11-12 (NIV) It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.

"I am not called into any of the fivefold ministries, I’m just going to live a good and simple Christian life; God has chosen not to call me into ministry! I guess I’m one of the many called by God but not one of those chosen by Him to serve. But I really want to serve God, I want to be used by God" lamented Praise to his Pastor.

Just like Praise, there are many who think they must function in one of the five-fold ministries before they can serve God. However, today’s Bible text shows that the five-fold functionaries have the responsibility of preparing God’s people for works of service.

You see, God has you in mind, He also wants you to serve as a minister. The Apostles, the Prophets, the Evangelist, and the Pastors and Teachers were placed in the Church by God to teach and equip everyone else for the work of the ministry, and it is by your service that the body of Christ will be built up.

If you are a child of God who is baptized in the Holy Ghost, you have been commissioned for ministry already. You are a minister of God's reality in any place you find yourself.

Acts 1:8 (KJV)  reads, ‘’but ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth’’. If you could receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit, then you are to be a witness unto Christ.

Go into today knowing that every believer is a minister and that God officially commissioned you as a witness when the Holy Ghost came upon you.

Prayer: Father, thank you for trusting me so much that you made me one of your ministers. I receive grace to effectively do your work in Jesus' name. Amen.

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