Discover the True Meaning of Ministry
Discover the True Meaning of Ministry: Why Your Work is Crucial to God’s Kingdom! by Bishop Edward Brink
Are you stuck in the belief that ministry only happens within the four walls of a church? Think again! The truth is, ministry extends beyond the physical building and encompasses every good work done to extend the Kingdom of God.
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we are created for good works, which God prepared beforehand. II Timothy 1:9 states that we are saved for ministry, and I Peter 2:9-10 tells us that we are called into ministry. In other words, every one of us has a specific role to fulfill within the Kingdom of God.
Don’t underestimate the importance of your work, whether you are in a church, business, school, or any other context. 1 Peter 4:10-11 reminds us that we are gifted for ministry and authorized to fulfill the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. Even Jesus Himself set an example of service in John 13:13-17, commanding us to follow His lead.
To be effective in our ministry, we must also be diligent in preparing ourselves, as stated in II Timothy 2:15. And we are accountable for our actions in II Corinthians 5:9-10, knowing that we will be rewarded for our faithful service in II Chronicles 15:7 and 1 Corinthians 15:58.
So, whatever your occupation, do it with the understanding that you are an important part of God’s plan for His Kingdom. Fulfill your calling and watch as God uses your work to bring glory to His name.
God has called each and every one of us to ministry. This doesn’t necessarily mean working for the church, but rather doing work that extends the Kingdom of God. It doesn’t matter whether you’re working in a church, a business, a school, or any other sphere or context, as long as you’re fulfilling the part that God has called you to within His Kingdom.
The Bible is full of verses that remind us of our purpose in ministry. We are created for ministry (Eph. 2:10), saved for ministry (II Tim. 1:9), called into ministry (I Pet. 2:9-10), gifted for ministry (I Pet. 4:10-11), authorized for ministry (Mt. 28:18-20), commanded to minister (John 13:13-17), to be prepared for our ministry (II Tim. 2:15), needed for ministry (Rom. 12:4-5), accountable for ministry (II Cor. 5:9-10), and rewarded for ministry (II Chr. 15:7; I Cor. 15:58).
Each and every one of us has a unique purpose in God’s Kingdom. It’s important to remember that there is no work that is more spiritual than another. Whether you’re preaching from the pulpit or working behind a desk, every task is important and valuable in the eyes of God.
So, take heed to the ministry that you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it (Colossians 4:17). Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (II Tim. 2:15). And always remember, your work shall be rewarded (II Chr. 15:7; I Cor. 15:58).
Are you feeling unfulfilled in your current work? Do you believe that ministry is just for pastors and church leaders? Think again. As followers of Christ, we are all called to ministry, and it can take many forms.
In Ephesians 2:10, we are told that we are “His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” This means that we were created specifically for ministry, whatever that may look like for each of us.
We are saved, called, gifted, authorized, and commanded to minister, according to 2 Timothy 1:9, 1 Peter 2:9-10, 1 Peter 4:10-11, Matthew 28:18-20, and John 13:13-17. And in Romans 12:4-5, we are reminded that we are needed in ministry as members of the body of Christ.
But it’s not enough to simply be called to ministry. We must also be prepared for it (2 Timothy 2:15) and held accountable for it (2 Corinthians 5:9-10). And the good news is that our work in ministry is rewarded, as we see in 2 Chronicles 15:7 and 1 Corinthians 15:58.
So don’t let the idea of “ministry” limit you. Your work can extend the Kingdom of God in countless ways, whether it’s in a church context, a business or school context, or any other sphere of influence. Embrace your calling and fulfill the part that God has specifically prepared for you. Discover the True Meaning of Ministry: Why Your Work is Crucial to God’s Kingdom!
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