Isn’t that a beautiful thought? Doesn’t just the mention of God-ordained ministry make your heart beat a little faster? We are the Lord’s creation, His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10), and as His children, we each have a ministry – a calling to serve Him and glorify His name.
This morning I was studying 2 Thessalonians and reading the lesson in Beth Moore’s Children of the Day. I especially loved the verses 11-12…
“Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Great verses. Great subject. As writers, we often talk about our calling from the Lord and our desire to serve Him and others.
Here’s some of what Beth Moore had to say on the subject…
No matter what your calling may look like, “If you’re a child of God, you have a ministry.” And “Your ministry is the collection of your life works for the glory of God.”
Beth goes on to say, “Your spiritual gifts are means by which you have been distinctly and divinely equipped to manifest God’s presence and power. No one else can fulfill your calling. Other people can do what you’ve been called to to but, child of God, they cannot be you doing it. That’s what makes your footprint here unique.”
I don’t know about you, but I often succumb to feeling overwhelmed and inadequate in the work I have to do. What a relief and joy it is to know and remember, as 2 Corinthians 3:8 says, it is a “ministry of the Spirit”. Beth adds “We cannot serve Jesus without Jesus.” I love that!
So stop for a moment, be still before Him, and ask yourself, “Who would you be if you loved Jesus with your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength? That’s what you’re meant to look like.”
“If any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11