The verse of the day reminds us why we have a ministry and the strength that the Holy Spirit gives us to serve.
The last few weeks have been extremely difficult because Erick and I have both been sick with some kind of bug. We are still physically weak, which exacerbates all of our efforts. And, of course, it affects even our ability to post messages. Yesterday, I didn’t even come to the computer at all. This too will pass, but in the meantime, it’s evident how much our strength comes from the Lord. Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Today, as I looked at our site stats, I was so humbled. Regardless of what we feel like doing, our Lord is bringing us here to be refreshed by His Word.
It is not us as people who increase, it is He who does the increase.
We are His servants. We simply obey.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for your encouragement. And thanks to God, most of all, for bringing us all together.
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that
he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.
— 1 Timothy 1:12
We minister by grace. We are saved and made holy by God’s grace
given us in Jesus. We are declared holy and blameless before God
because of the grace of Jesus. We are given a gift to use in
ministry for the Church because of the grace of Jesus. We are given
strength from the Holy Spirit to persevere during difficult times
because of the grace of God in Jesus. So what ministry we find
ourselves capable of performing, what opportunities we have to
serve and make a difference in people’s lives, and what power we
have in fulfilling our ministry are all given to us. It is not
something to boast about. The Lord’s power is made perfect in
weakness as we offer ourselves to him to be used for his glory.
Glorify your name, O God my Eternal Father. Thank you for Jesus
who has redeemed me, gifted me, strengthened me, led me, and
empowered me to serve. May you be glorified in all that I say and
do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.