Monday, June 20, 2016

JUNE 19 "FULFILLED THEIR MINISTRY"

"And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark."  We talk and write a lot of about the genuine vs. the disingenuous Christian.  But where are metal is really tested is in "Ministry". So many Christians avoid ministry and I have heard every excuse their is why "I'm not going to get involved in ministry". And there's always a grain of truth in some of the reasons I hear, but at the heart of it, is a reluctance to be put through the refiners fire. Nothing refines a Christian like ministry. You want to see what a man or woman of God is really made up of, put them in ministry with other people. That will test any man, any woman's worth. How do we know Barnabas and Saul (Paul) are spiritual? Ans: They fulfilled their ministry!!! Not enough can be said for that. It was hard, it was more work than they thought, it was people problems, demonically resisted and much more, yet they fulfilled their ministry. It's amazing how many people get in ministry and quit. Always with a good excuse "why they had to get out".  Are you fulfilling your ministry are you in any ministry? Have you stepped into ministry and just as quickly stepped out?  Have a bunch of reasons why you got out? Jesus said right before he died, " I have finished the work you sent me to do".  There is a "work aspect" to serving God that many Christians don't want to fess up to. "Labor while it is day, for the night cometh when no man can labor".  "It's all about loving Jesus"  No, it's all about loving Jesus and working for him. Ministry is the crucible of fire for the Christian, are you willing to step into it?!