6th March 2018

True Ministry

“…how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?”
2 Corinthians 3:8 (NKJV)

What does it mean to serve the Lord? We know that this is something commanded in the Bible, but at times we may not be sure what we should do. Often we don’t think we are adequate for the task. Or perhaps we’re so busy with all our other duties and responsibilities that finding the time or energy to serve God seems impossible.

Instead of looking through the lens of obstacles blocking our path, let’s see what God says about it. True service is not something we do for the Lord, but something He does through us. This pattern was set for us by Jesus Christ Himself, who said “…but the Father who dwells in Me does the works” (John 14:10). The apostle’s lives also show this is what God had in mind. When Jesus gave them the command to be His witnesses, He said to wait until they were clothed with power from on high in Luke 24:49, “Behold I send you the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

By regarding service as God’s work through us, we can have confidence not in ourselves and our abilities, but in God, who makes us adequate for whatever He gives us to do. This perspective also keeps us from taking any credit for what we accomplish. Without the Lord’s directive and the Spirit’s empowerment, our service is worthless in God’s eyes, no matter how productive it looks from a human standpoint.

What makes us an effective servant of Christ is not natural abilities, creativity, or human initiative, but total dependence on Him for both direction and adequacy. God uses those who are weak, humble, submissive, and obedient so that He alone gets the glory.

Father God, help us not to glory in our own abilities, but to give all the glory to You.

Study by Allan Frankcom


About the Author:
Allan Frankcom is on the Pastoral Council of the Bristol Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK, a part of Grace Communion International. He and his wife, Julie, have attended the Bristol Church for over 30 years.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Bristol
Emmersons Green Village Hall
Emmerson Way
South Gloucestershire
BS16 7AP

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:30am