4 Essentials To Spiritual Growth-Part 5

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4 (NKJV)

We are looking at a five part devotional series titled, Essentials to Spiritual Growth. In the first four parts of this series we’ve looked at three essential things we should be doing if we are to grow in our Christian walk and mature spiritually, and they are:

·      Read our Bible daily

·      Attend church services regularly

·      Pray continuously

In our fifth and final part, we are going to look at one more essential to our spiritual growth, and it is—

·      Getting Involved in a Ministry Group

Okay, let’s say we are plugged in to reading God’s word daily, we are attending church services and Bible studies regularly, we are praying about every decision, asking God to lead us, and we are beginning to meet people and invest into their lives—as we are, we begin to see needs in ministry. What should we do? The answer is we need to get involved. Unfortunately, we can often become overwhelmed with the needs we see, and just like pulling weeds around the house; it can cause us to lose hope of ever making a difference. But this is just the enemy attacking us in our thought—trying to discourage us from doing anything.

We might even experience Spiritual warfare in our thought life where we start to get thoughts such as, "What good can I do?" or maybe "I'm not equipped to do anything in ministry!" Again, these are lies from the enemy, and it is very important for us to take these thoughts captive and not meditate on them. Remember, if we think on them too long, we will usually act on them, and we will end up doing nothing. 

As we have seen in Part 2 of this devotional series, God has designed us to be an integral part of His ministry. We are designed to be servants, and this means serving others in ministry. The book of Romans lays this out very well and tells us how we should serve others.

Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God's people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Romans 12:10-13 (NLT)

Okay, we are now resolved to get involved in ministry but there are so many opportunities and so many needs. So the next logical question is, How can we know where we should get involved in serving? And the answer is we need to ask God through prayer. 

Here’s the thing, God wants each of us involved in His ministry, and He will provide a way for us to be involved. We should not get so caught up in what we want to do every time, but be faithful in meeting those needs squarely in front of us. When we are faithful in the small, God can then give us more to be involved in, knowing that we are going to be a good steward of what He has given us.

STUDY QUESTION: What does Romans 12:10-13 tells us about serving others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you involved in ministry within your church? 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to get involved in your local church ministry. It can be helping with facilities, or children’s ministry; it can be in mission’s work, or simply being a greeter or an usher. Choose to have a servant’s heart to meet the needs of the body, and to do it joyfully unto the Lord.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:  Father, thank You for allowing me to be a part of Your ministry. Show me where You want me to be a part of the ministry needs. In Jesus’ precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott





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