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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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July 15, 2013 - Are You a Minister?

By Ron Johnson

"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light" (1 Peter 2:9, NIV).

If someone asked you the question, "Are you a minister?" How would you respond? If you are a pastor or traveling evangelist you would answer, "Yes." But if you work outside the church, you might be tempted to answer, "No."

Over the course of church history, there has developed a division between what we call the "clergy" and the "laity." But, from a biblical view, this distinction should not occur. Although there is a difference of ministry callings within the body of Christ, the Bible teaches the priesthood of every believer.

While not all believers are called to be pastors, evangelists, or teachers, every child of God should minister to their fellow Christians and to the world. It is up to us as we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to discover and grow into our unique calling and ministry.

If you are following the Lord in good conscience, wherever you find yourself in life is exactly where God wants you. He has, through His sovereign purpose, brought you to this point; you have not arrived in your present position by accident. God has deliberately and strategically placed you where you are, and you must remain faithful in that calling.

When the time comes for a new assignment, you can trust God to move you on and continue fulfilling His divine plan for your life. Your responsibility is to faithfully serve where God in His wisdom places you. By the witness of the Holy Spirit, God will lead through the situations and circumstances you encounter.

Look beyond the daily ordinary duties you face and catch a glimpse of heaven's perspective. In God's eyes, every duty He leads you to perform, however routine it may seem, carries with it eternal consequences. On a daily basis, you have the opportunity to touch people for Christ. Catch this vision and allow it to grow within you. Hold onto it and don't allow Satan to steal this truth from you.

We are the light of the world and must allow God's grace to shine through us and touch the world. True Christian ministry is allowing the Holy Spirit to live His life in us, bringing glory to God.

— Ron Johnson is a freelance writer. He is retired from the Assemblies of God National Leadership and Resource Center.

 

 

 

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