Monday's Ministry Morsel

Scripture directs us and encourages us to not grow weary in well doing. (Galatians 6:9) That is an important reminder for those who are vested heavily in the ministry of the Lord's church. While ministry to others on any level is first and foremost an opportunity of worship through service, (Romans 12:1) we know and understand from scripture that ministry is best approached and accomplished with the body of Christ functioning under the Headship of Jesus Christ. That is one body with every member having a place and doing their part in the overall function of the N.T. church. It has been well said that a body without a head is dead and a body with two heads is in constant conflict.

I am thankful that God placed me in the body along with others who consistently function according to God's placement in the body of Christ. Their service makes the ministry of the Lord's church effective. Could it work better? Sure it could because when any member of the body is disjointed or not in place the whole is in many ways handicapped. The body can still find ways to move forward but it will always be more slowly and seldom will it do so as freely.

As a pastor of the Lord's church in the fellowship of First Hinton, I am reminded often that no one member, no matter how gifted can achieve what God designed for the whole body to accomplish. One can and should put effort into something they are passionate about in matters of ministry but we must always remember that it is the power of the Spirit of God at work in us and through us that makes it worthwhile and enduring. It is God who adds to the church as it pleases Him. Over the course of the next few months there will be opportunities for some in the body who for one reason or another are not as involved as they should be or need to be in ministry. I encourage you to listen to the direction of God's word and God's Spirit as He convinces you of the need to step up and offer yourself as a living sacrifice to God which is your reasonable act of worship. (Romans 12:1) The body is stronger as we come together.

God reminds us in 2 Corinthians 12 that His grace is sufficient for all of us regardless of what we are facing, fearing, or possibly fleeing from. Take courage today in the truth that His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

In the words of the hymn writer, Baylous Benjamin McKinney--

"Have faith in God when your pathway is lonely, He sees and knows all the ways you have trod. Never alone are the least of His children, have faith in God, have faith in God. Have faith in God, He's on His throne; Have faith in God, He watches o'er His own. He cannot fail, He must prevail; Have faith in God, have faith in God."

May the Lord encourage you today and this week to be on pace with His plan and purpose for your life.

God's best,

Pastor Keith

1 Corinthians 15:58