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 Leviticus 4:19 (NAS)
'He shall remove all its fat from it and offer it up in smoke on the altar.
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A meditation for brothers and sisters in the Lord

04/20/2014 -

Today, I just wanted to share with you a biblical understanding of ministry and the important distinction between:

  • Ministering FOR the Lord &
  • Ministering TO the Lord.     

As our pastor said at a Thursday night prayer meeting, the life of every believer is a ministry unto itself.

A devotional[1] helped me to see, that I always had complete misunderstanding of true ministry.  Previously, I thought it to be a matter of: what, where or how much of a focused activity in which I was involved. As I saw It, it was solely a participatory ministry with others, as WE sought to glorify the Lord, and often in very tangible ways such as:

  • When you’re involved in one of the 6 ministries at SFC Sunday service & fellowship.
  • When you’re involved in charitable or evangelical outreaches.
  • When you’re involved with any group ranging from home bible studies to worldwide missionary work.

These are blessed and vital ministries FOR the Lord, as we are truly His hands in a very practical way.  Yet any of these lack the necessary substance if there isn’t first a personal ministry TO the Lord.  You see, it’s the ministry TO the Lord that authenticates your outward ministry.

Ezekiel 44:10-15 shows us that God’s favor rests upon those who minister TO Him, because what He desires first is a deep 1 on 1 relationship.  As our Martha's testimony so well demonstrated, it’s a relationship that is personal and private in nature.

Ministering TO the Lord is how we interact with the Lord in:

  • Devotions
  • Meditations
  • Prayer
  • Personal worship and
  • Those quiet moments, simply abiding in His presence.

This ministry is a higher calling on our lives and the foundation on which all other ministries should rest.

May God find favor in our ministry TO Him and our ministry For Him. 

 

[1] Jon Courson Footseps of the Flock

 Leviticus 4:19 (NAS)
'He shall remove all its fat from it and offer it up in smoke on the altar.
Click here to read more!