“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5.16
The Christian Ministry: Part III, chapter II
Charles Bridges (1794-1869)
“Our Divine Master never intended, that we should confine our religion to the services of the sanctuary. As men of God, we should have it at heart and in hand, spreading a spiritual savour over the common walks of society, and stamping us with the mark of confessors of Christ in the midst of a world, who hold him still in the same contempt, as when eighteen centuries since they nailed him to the cross. There must be some defect if we do not bring an atmosphere with us, which is more or less instantaneously felt.”
We may not always be engaged in works of ministry, but we are at all times followers of Jesus Christ. That should certainly affect every aspect of our lives – every word and deed, all our relationships, roles, and responsibilities. The minister has three tools with which to prosecute His calling. Prayer is the foundation; the Word of God is our food and supply; and our personal example is that by which we spread the savor of Christ wherever we go. The more consistent the minister is in living his faith in every situation, the greater is the likelihood those for whom he cares will do so as well.
What does it mean for you to have your faith “at heart and in hand” in the non-ministerial areas of your life?
T. M. Moore
Working your Personal Mission Field?
Every believer has a Personal Mission Field, but the people we serve won’t be much inclined to identify and work theirs unless they see us doing so. Watch this brief video explaining our Mission Partners Outreach, then download the information and enlist some men to join you in this effort. The six free studies in this course will help you exude the presence of Christ more consistently and really.
Prayer for Revival
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