“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.” (Deuteronomy 18:15)
God promised through Moses that He would continue to make His will known through prophets. God has always been faithful to give His people spiritual leaders who help His people know, interpret, and follow His will. The ultimate Prophet like Moses is Jesus Christ. The Lord continues to make God’s will know to Christian followers through the full ministry of the Holy Spirit.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, as we serve a Triune God (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit). When we come before the throne of grace, we confess our sins to You, but we also seek Your will in all things. The Holy Spirit was promised to us by Jesus, when he ascended to Heaven. It’s purpose is to let us know if we are following Your will in all we do, but it is also, in those times when we cannot even utter a word, to speak directly to You on our behalf. Give us clarity, O Lord, in all that we do, to remain within Your will, for we desire to walk on Your pathway. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Things that please are temporary. Things that disturb are temporary. Things that are important are eternal.”
“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” (1st Corinthians 3:9)
All followers of Christ are God’s fellow workers. None is left out, and all are needed. The abilities and the expertise of the laity are needed in the ministry of the church today. Not all serve in the same manner, but all are called to serve in some way. Paul pictured the church as a body with many members and with every member having a distinct and distinctive task. A witnessing and serving laity is essential to a functioning and vibrant church. The challenges are large. Too few workers produce too many burnt-out ministers. Shared ministry was the answer for Moses’ busy days, for Jesus’ growing ministry, for the growing needs of the early church, and for the bust pastor in a changing culture today. Christ still is the Head of the church. He still can and will use all of His followers in His extended ministry.
“But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” (2nd Timothy 4:5)
Before you make a sign saying, “The end is near, listen to me” or “I’m hear today to bear witness of my faith for you,” let me explain a little more. Although Timothy did not have the itinerant evangelistic ministry as did his mentor Paul, he was able to do the work of the evangelist where he was as God led him to be. It was the only way Timothy could discharge all the duties of his ministry. Because all God’s people are ministers, the principle applies to all. All are to do the work of an evangelist, that is, to share Christ as we have the opportunity. This simply means we need to be looking for the opportunity, as it may not be looking for us! Learn to read the signs in the eyes of people around you, for the eyes are the “windows into the souls.”
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf. Be reconciled to God.” (2nd Corinthians 5:18-20)
Salvation is reconciliation to God so that He no longer charges our sins against your account. God had done everything necessary for us to be reconciled to Him. We must give up our hostility to Him and accept His reconciliation. Reconciliation here means bringing God and human beings together or making them friends. God takes the initiative in bringing back alienated strangers to Himself. His initiative is through Christ and Christ’s ambassadors, such as Paul. The ministry of reconciliation is given to all saved persons. None is excluded, thought Christ has called and gifted some Christians to be His special ambassadors. Are you willing to be an ambassador for God?