“I beseech you therefore, brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” -(Romans 12:1)
LIGHT FOR NOW: In the work of ministry, we present ourselves a living sacrifice.
1Peter 2:21-23 captures the description of Jesus’ sacrifice for us: it says, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who committed himself to him that judgeth righteously”. Simply put, in the work of ministry, we present ourselves a living sacrifice. Jesus was led as a sheep to the slaughter and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, he opened not his mouth. He did not complain but laid aside his privileges and took the cross for us, implying that the call to ministry is a call to lay down our natural disposition. In ministry, the Father’s will becomes our focus and the Bible telling us about the Father’s will says, “who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1Timothy 2:4) All believers must be found being obedient to these instructions given to us about the great commission. “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13) Since we are made for good works, God’s work therefore in us is to do His will; to train, evangelize and disciple.
To fulfill our ministry, we must be found to be faithful “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and Stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful” (1Corinthians 4:1-2). The word “Stewards” in the above text has the idea of someone who is in charge of something. The gospel has been committed to our charge which demands that we should be faithful with it. The work of ministry should be taken as a privilege; it is a privilege to serve. The work of ministry was bestowed on us by the grace of God; it comes along with our salvation. So every believer has been called into ministry, hence we must strive to fulfill our ministry. That was why Paul emphatically said, “But by the grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1Corithians 15:10). We must not take this ministry in vain because it is the grace of God. It is true there will be contrary winds in the work of the ministry, but those things should drive us deeper. We must ensure that we abound more in our service to the Lord – the service of grooming men for the work of ministry.
INSTRUCTION: Never take the work of training and evangelizing in vain.
PRAYER: I affirm that I remain faithful to my ministry. I do not take it for granted. Amen!
QUOTE: It is a privilege to serve
DAILY READING: MORNING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 4 EVENING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 5