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A Minister Of God
5/25/2017

So I said, “Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you." Acts 26:15-16 (NKJV)

Have you every thought of yourself as a minister of God?  As strange is it may sound, we have all been called to be ministers of God.  I guess before we debate this any further we need to answer this question—

Q: What does it mean for us to be a minister of God?

This word, “minister” used in Acts 26:16 is translated from the Greek word, “huperetes, hoop-ay-ret´-ace,” which is a derivative of Eresso, which is an under-oarsman. These under-oarsman would sit down in the bottom of the ship and would ultimately be responsible for moving the ship forward by their rowing. They received no fanfare, and were seldom noticed, but they were invaluable if the ship were to make it to its desired destination.  

So in essence every one of us as Christian men and women are under-oarsmen or ministers of the Gospel message.  We are to do our work, just as these men did in the belly of the ship did theirs.  We are to do our work as unto the Lord, and not as unto men (Col. 3:23).  We are not to be concerned about being seen by others so as to receive praise. We are to be steady and faithful workers — ministers sharing the message of salvation, and keeping the Gospel going forward until it reaches its destination to all of the nations.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)

Each one of us has been given unique gifts and abilities to be used for the Kingdom of God.  And every one of us who profess to be a follower of Jesus Christ has been given the life-saving truth of the Gospel message.  It is our responsibility to be witnesses of this truth, including sharing our testimony of how God has saved us and is transforming us. 

I want to encourage you to allow God to bring people into your life and then allow Him to give you boldness to share your testimony and His love. 

STUDY QUESTION:  According to Matthew 28:19-20, what did Jesus command us to do as His disciples?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be a minister of God today – ministering to others by freely sharing what God has given to you?

PERSONAL APPLICATION:  Look for opportunities to share about Jesus today.  You can always start by asking others if they know Jesus Christ, or if they have a relationship with Him. 

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your love and grace upon my life.  Father, help me to minister to others and to share what You have freely given to me.  Help me to see the opportunities and then empower me with Your Holy Spirit so I can be an effective witness in both my actions and my words.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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