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The 4 Essentials To Spiritual Growth-5

The 4 Essentials To Spiritual Growth-Part V
Getting Involved in Ministry

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)

In the first four parts of this series of the 4-essential things that each new believer should implement into their lives to promote spiritual growth we looked at:

1.    Read your Bible daily
2.    Attend Church services regularly
3.    Pray Daily

In Part V we are going to continue on to number four on our list of essentials to spiritual growth.

4.    Getting Involved in a Ministry Group

Okay, you are plugged in to reading the Word of God daily, and you are attending regularly to church services and bible studies.  You are praying about every decision in your life, asking God to lead you.  You are beginning to meet people and invest into their lives, and as you are, you begin to see a greater need around you.

What should you do?

Get involved!

Often times we can get overwhelmed with the needs that our eyes are opened up to, 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 thoughts trying to discourage us from doing anything different than what we have been doing-which is nothing!

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 II 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.  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 Gods people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Romans 12:10-13 (NLT)

Okay, you 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 I know where I should get involved in serving?

Ask God through prayer.

I have seen countless people walk around at church and not do anything to meet the needs of their fellow Christian brothers and sisters.  When I ask them if they would like to possibly pray about being involved in a particular ministry that is need, they might reply, "I don't feel that God has called me to do that."  Or possibly, "I don't feel that is where the Lord is leading me at this time."  And I am okay with that as long as they asked God honestly.  You see, so many times we decide in our own minds as to whether something is of interest to us, and we really don't genuinely go before the Lord in prayer. 

Why is this?

Well it could be for a multitude of reasons such as selfishness, wanting to control where we will serve, or our inability to make a commitment.   

When we decide what we want to do with our lives and how we want to serve in ministry rather than seeking the will of God, then we can conclude that we are not in the will of God.

We can guard ourselves of this temptation from the enemy to sin by seeking the Lord in every decision.  A simple question to God through prayer could be, "Father, if it is Your desire for me to do this, then give me a peace about it, and change my heart to serve the needs of others instead of serving just myself."

Hey Christian, 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 the needs that are 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? 

APPLICATION: Get involved in your local church ministry.  It can be helping with facilities, or childrens ministry; it can be in missions work, or simply being a greeter or an usher.  The main point is just seeking with a servants heart to meet the needs of the body, and to do it joyfully unto the Lord.

Father, Thank You for allowing me to be a part of Your ministry.  Show me Lord all the ways that You would want me to be a part of the ministry needs.  Lord, give me discernment to know when and where You would like for me to serve.  I pray that it would be done in such a way that it would bring honor and glory to Your name.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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