Reaching Out To Others

imagesE5C4NI61.jpgWhatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.  Colossians 3:23

Ministry is for every person. It’s not just a “calling” for pastors, missionaries, and evangelists.

Many years ago, God chose a woman named Miriam to be a prophetess and worship leader, helping her brothers Moses and Aaron in bringing the people of Israel out of their slavery in Egypt.  God allowed the people to miraculously walk through the Red Sea on dry ground, and then caused the waters to wash away the pursuing Egyptian army. (Exodus 14-15)

After the crossing, Miriam led worship. Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.” (Exodus 15: 20-21) And all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing.

Whether God uses us for His service in the church, Christian organization, mission field, or on our job, our ministry needs to be and should always be covered in prayer. As we reach up to God, He fills us so we can reach out and pour His love and blessing into others.

Effective ministry isn’t based on our abilities.  We can’t simply make it happen ourselves.  We partner with God through prayer, and He provides the power. As we ask in faith, and go about our Father’s business, Holy Spirit brings deliverance and acts according to God’s will for our lives.

When we pray for our individual ministries, we can ask God to give us the willingness and compassion to serve others.   If you aren’t sure what your ministry is in the body of Christ, ask God to help identify your spiritual gift(s) and to use them effectively.

For those who may have grown weary, whatever the reason, ask Holy Spirit for energy and refreshment, along with discernment to balance your life with ministry opportunities.

We can also ask God to help our ministries to grow, and provide the resources (financial or otherwise) to incorporate fresh ideas.  Yet, always mindful that praising God pleases Him, too.

Because God is the One after all who empowers us to serve faithfully and be effective, whatever the ministry.

“Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding.”Proverbs 3:13

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