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February 18, 2013

Grace to Minister

Romans 12

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts,according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b]do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Don’t be proud. I have to remind and preach that to myself almost everyday. It is a battle in my mind to either take credit or give God the glory for everything. It is by grace that I am even called to minister so what right do I have in taking claim of what God owns. Nothing.

I am called to minister and function in a body. This is not my ministry. My name is nothing. I do not wake up to try to find ways on how to build my own kingdom – the reason I blog, tweet, minister is because I want God to get the glory. It is a hard process mind you. I have gone through seasons of wanting more twitter followers and blog readers. It was all for the wrong reasons. Now I do what I do because I am commissioned not because I want attention.

Even in pastoring, it can happen. You start to think it is your church plant and it is your project. It is not. In the kingdom of God we are dispensable. I know this statement might go against a lot of books out there but it is true. Apart from Christ – our church won’t even be where it is today.

Lord me trust and rely on your unfailing love and grace. Even when I move in my giftings may I be reminded it is your grace and power and not mine.

 

 

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