Theme of the Week: Mission Possible
Bible Verse: “As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:5 ESV
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:9, 2 Corinthians 5:18
Do you think every church member is a minister? I know, that sounds like a set up. It is. Let me share a few verses with you.
“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” 2 Corinthians 5:18 (ESV).
“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 (NIV).
Uh oh, looks like we are all ministers. Maybe you’ve thought the other things we have journeyed through this week in 2 Timothy 4:5 might be a stretch, but “fulfill your ministry” is now at Mission Impossible level. Maybe you’re shuddering at the thought of being a pastor. Take a deep breath, you don’t have to preach next Sunday.
I’m not suggesting we are all supposed to be ministers in the vocational sense, but certainly in a missional one. While Paul is speaking to Timothy, the pastor, his words are a good challenge for us if we accept that we are ministers as well.
We are all called – God has a plan and purpose for our lives. We are to seek God for what He wants us to do. (If you are new in the faith, find someone who is farther along in their journey and seek their counsel.) Once you have discerned some next steps for God’s plan in your life, obey and take that step. And the next step, and the next one. You get the point.
Sometimes they are big steps, sometimes they are small ones. Often, they look as simple as serving. Jesus modelled what a servant is. I don’t know exactly what God has planned for you, but I’m pretty sure it will look like service in some form or another. This is good news, because when you aren’t sure what God is asking you to do, you can just look for a place to serve. If you do that, chances are you will be closer to God’s plan for your life than you may think.
Prayer: God, help me to discern your will and plan for my life. Help me to submit my will to yours and to look for ways to serve and fulfill your plan for my life.
Reflect: Your mission, if you chose to accept it: What areas of my life are not submitted fully to God? Who is God asking me to serve? How can I serve them better?
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