Aug 31, 2016
One of the greatest problems in the Church today is Christians thinking they show up on Sunday to watch the Minister rather than realizing we are ALL ministers.
You are a minister of Jesus. I can’t put it more plainly. The Bible makes it clear. Pastors are not the only ones carrying out the Gospel of Jesus. Actually, in Ephesians we learn the reason God gave us pastors was in order to teach and equip ALL Christians to be able to do ministry in everyday life! Our One Verse today backs that up! 2 Corinthians 3:6 says, “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--” Jesus is the New Covenant. Where the Old Covenant, The Law, shows us how we can never match up to a Holy God, Jesus came to bring Life and offer Hope to our spiritual dilemma. The Apostle Paul is clear: We have all been called to carry out the Life-giving Gospel message of Jesus. We are ministers of Jesus. Yes, we go to church to hear our pastor. That is the teaching part. That is the equipping. “But, Matt, I don’t have what it takes! What if someone asks me something I don’t know?” That is why Paul said we are COMPETENT ministers. Do you realize that you have the Wisdom of the universe living inside you in the Holy Spirit? He gives you power to share the message of Jesus. If you are faithful to stepping into your role as a minister--caring for others, loving others, telling them of the Hope of Jesus--the Holy Spirit will give you the words you need and the power to speak them at just the right time. I challenge you to see yourself as a minister of Jesus Christ!
One Verse is a short, free podcast devotional designed to help you grow closer to God through less than 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
Consistency trumps intensity. When it comes to working out, eating healthy, or managing our finances, consistency always trumps intensity. We reach our major life goals through small, purposeful steps taken daily. The same is true in our spiritual lives. I truly believe you will grow closer to God by spending just 5 minutes a day with Him versus cramming in an hour once a month. The One Verse Devotional is here to help take away the barriers of spending time with God. Now, during your workout, drive to work, or even shopping for groceries, you can invest in your spiritual life.