MinistryEvery Christian life is a ministry, and every man a minister. God is working. Not only is He “working all things together for good to those who love [Him] and are called according to His purpose” (ie. Christians) “It is God that worketh in you both to will and to do His good pleasure.” A Christian is, if you will excuse the expression, “a piece of work,” God’s work. We are saved by one act of redemption, but we are a work in progress. “Being confident of this very thing that He who hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” First of all, ministry is what God does for us. Then it is what God is doing in us. Lastly, it is what God is doing through us. This is expressed with Up-reach, In-reach, and Out-reach. Up-reach is worship. It is the praise and gratitude we show for Christ’s work on Calvary. In-reach (either personally or as a church body collectively) is the edifying or “building-up” of faith in the individual or church. Thirdly there is sharing what God gives with others. This is Out-reach. I am a minister, and if you have trusted Christ as your Savior, so are you. “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Remember John 3:16, but don’t forget Matthew 5:16. Both are ministries. Both are works.
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