Saturday, March 23, 2013

Preparing for Easter ~ Mark of Ministry


[God...made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of JesusHebrews 13:20 MSG
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore the visible evidence that identifies us as faithful followers of Jesus. Can others see Jesus in our lives? ~ Donna Oswalt]

Our work as God's servants gets validated--or not--in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly ...in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we're beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we're telling the truth, and when God's showing his power; when we're doing our best setting things right; when we're praised, and when we're blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.

The apostle Paul gives vivid descriptions of what can happen to those who share in the ministry of Christ. Certainly, there will be difficulties and dissensions of all kinds; persecution may become life threatening. Beyond the hard times, those who share in the ministry of Christ find deep joy. Our reward for being a servant of God has everlasting dividends that far exceed the earthly tasks. How does your spiritual wealth account look these days?
  • Reading the above Scripture, mark the phrases that describe your ministry. 
  • "in the details" - recall some specific details that mark your ministry in Christ.

God, when I look closely at the details of my servant hood, I am aware that my efforts are often small, without much risk. It is so easy to sit on the bench. Help me see the needs; give me the courage and endurance and humility to serve You. - dho

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