Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:3–10
“Giving no offense in anything, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings,” 2 Corinthians 6:3–5.
O Lord, be magnified in our lives. Lord today, we pray for the grace to walk with you and serve you.
In 2 Corinthians 6:3–10, Paul offers a description of what the Christian minister, the Christian worker should be doing. I believe that everyone who has given their life to the Lord Jesus Christ, who believes in the Lord God Almighty and the atonement that Jesus secured for us with His precious blood, should be now ministering to the Saviour. We learn how to do this by studying those who have done it before.
Paul said we should give no offense in anything; that the ministry, our ministry, our work for God, should not give offense. My prayer is that every area where the enemy has set up an offense, that the grace of God will give you the ability to bring it down, that your ministry will not be discredited in the name of Jesus.
What are the abilities expected of you as a Christian who walks with Jesus Christ? Let us look at three characteristics that are important for a Christian worker.
If you serve God you are going to face rejection. It is part of the suffering, but God will give you the grace to love and see people not in terms of their actions but as those for whom Jesus died. If we continue in love, if we agree to go through all it takes to suffer, to have a mind to suffer for the gospel, we will bring people to Christ.
Let us pray that God will bless us with the character of His worker. You might say, “I do not have any position in a church. I’m not in any ministry. I’m not a minister.” I say to you that you are a minister. If you were not a minister, you would not be saved; you would not be among those who are called for His purpose. Before you were born God called you. He ordained you to minister, to preach, and to reach the lost even as you were reached.
Lord, bless us with the ability to listen. Many of us are great talkers, but we do not know how to listen. I pray today that God will give us the gift of the listening ear, the grace to hear beyond the sound and beyond our oppressive responses. O Lord, give us the grace to hear what people are saying and what they are not saying in the name of Jesus.
Bless us with a clear mind, that all of our prejudices, our racial attitudes, our attitudes of division, and our denominational attitudes be removed. O Father, bless us with the mindset of your workers. Make us lovers of men, O Lord, because you loved all of us so much that you gave your only begotten Son not just for us but also for the world.
Bless us with the mind to go through all it will take to be your ministers in the name of Jesus. May God give us that love that is neither pretentious nor judgmental. May God give us the grace to give as we were given. May God give us the grace to reach the lost.