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Ministers of the Gospel   Leave a comment

Ministries

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It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit.” 2 Cor. 3:5

During election campaigns, the electors reckon if those aspiring to political leadership meet their expectations. The media and political observers feed the population with critics or commendations of politicians. We observed how many cases of fraud, injustice and immoral activities were found in the political realm around the world. There’s has been revolt and commotions by the population against governments to claim for righteous leadership. The electorate long to see leaders who they can trust but unfortunately they find their choices limited due to the lack of righteous and competent leaders. Some political parties unite together in order to increase their chances of being elected and take the government in their hands. These covenants they make are usually rooted in a thirst for power. When I looked at the distress and exasperation around me I wondered what I would do if I were a Minister of Finance, Minister of Education or Minister of Health. Would I be able to take wise decisions for my country?

In the epistle to the Corinthians I was reminded that all christians were Ministers of the Gospel. It is not our abilities which brought us to this position of minister but it is God by His Spirit who qualified us to have ministries. Spiritual gifts were given to enable us to accomplish God’s will for His Kingdom. God made a covenant with us and the Spirit is the seal of this union. We read in the NT that we have been elected to form part of God’s family because we believed in the Son.

What is the characteristic of an elect?

This is what Paul said to the Colossians:

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Col 3:12-17

If some elects of the government just had humility, kindness and had love in their hearts our nations would have been very different today.

In 1 Cor. 12, Paul described that the Spirit has given to believers a specific ministry when they believed in Christ. There’re more than a hundred departments, ministries and bodies that operate under the leadership of the politicians. In God’s Kingdom, there’s a ministry for everyone.

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all ” 1 Cor. 12:4

We are all under Christ’s leadership. He is the ruler of God’s government.

The mission statement of Christ’s government is Matthew 28: Make disciples of all nations

Though the ministries are different, they all aim at accomplishing the Great Commission. For example, Evangelists preach the gospel to the nations, pastors and teachers take care of them and disciple them.

Peter described Christians as being royal priesthood who should declare to the nations how God brought us from darkness to light: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

Paul described himself as being an ambassador for Christ who worked to reconcile man with God:

“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.” 2 Cor. 5:20

If we were ministers in the government, most of us would have given their best to meet the needs of the population and make the country prosper. God has given us a ministry, what are we doing with it? Do we neglect it because the power is not visible? The Holy Spirit who dwells in us has the ability to empower us to do supernatural things. The world governments have no power over God’s Spirit and yet we who have God’s Spirit within us hesitate to do God’s will. Churches lack leaders and the lost are not being reached out. The tragedy is that there’re enough qualified ministers who are not taking their calling seriously.

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Posted November 14, 2014 by Cedric in My writings (English)

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He is jealous for me…   Leave a comment

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“…for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.” Exodus 20:5

We rarely understand God’s jealousy towards us. Much less do we understand it when he is demonstrating it. There is always some kind of hurt whenever jealousy is being demonstrated. There is always some kind of hurt when God is demonstrating his jealousy for us. There is a big difference between man’s jealousy and God’s jealousy though.
Man’s jealousy flows out of selfishness. Whenever people are being jealous, most of the time it is because they are not getting what they were looking for for themselves, from someone else.
God’s jealousy flows out of pure love. God demonstrates his jealousy when he sees us giving ourselves over to someone or something else and know that this will not bring a healthy balance of things in our life. Whenever…

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Posted November 7, 2014 by Cedric in Thought-provoking

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