“I the Lord have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness” (Isaiah 42:6-7) – God Involves His People)
God called His Spirit-filled servant to bring righteousness to His world and fulfill His covenant to bless the nations (Genesis 12:1-3). Jesus took the role of God’s Servant and invites us also to be God’s servants to bring God’s light to all peoples. God calls, leads, and keeps us. We respond by involving ourselves in the world’s needs and leading people to Him. There are a myriad of ways to do this, but Jesus’s best example was to reach out to people of all backgrounds with love, and offered eternal salvation.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Jesus gave us the model of how to share Your love with them by the way we talked to them, by the way we are to teach them, and by the way we are to walk with them as equals. Guide our paths, Abba, to be effective in growing Your kingdom. Today we continue to pray troops serving in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Mankind creates the distance, but Jesus builds the bridges!”
“And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.” (Isaiah 61:5-6 – God Involves His People)
Beloved, persons who declare the gospel are seen as priests (Exodus 19:6) and ministers. They stand before God in prayer for people and minister the gospel. That depth of involvement wins others to Christ. God calls us to serve people’s needs and to evangelize the nations. Service, prayer, and proclamation are all parts of the evangelistic task.
“What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—-as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” (1st Corinthians 3:5-6 – God Involves His People)
Because your leaders are in Christ, they are unified. Unity is built on Christ. God’s leaders each have an assigned task. No leader has reason for personal boasting. Christians are to accept their position in evangelism. We have no power in ourselves to save anyone. We are only servants, called to share the message and ministry of evangelization so people will look to Christ and be saved.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of he fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:11-16 – God Involves His People)
All God’s people have spiritual gifts. God gives His gifted people as His gift to the church so the work of the church—–the ministry—can be carried on. This implies that we need to discover our ministry gift, develop our gift, and use our gift in ministry and service as God enables us and leads us. This is the key to effective Christian service and evangelization. Ministry and witness go hand in hand. The ultimate goal of evangelism is to develop mature Christians, not simply to multiply spiritual infants. It begins in our church sanctuary, where we hear the gospel message and then we are to take our knowledge to Sunday School to dig deeper, and finally to go out into the world to proclaim the message of the Gospel to the world around us and beyond. This is how we become infants in Christ, then identify and develop our spiritual gifts into maturity, and then into the world, as Christ Himself did.