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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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"It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"  Matthew 4: 4. 

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Jan 4

Written by: Andries
Saturday, January 04, 2020 4:25:38 AM  RssIcon

More than ever before the ministry in the local church will be challenged in 2020.
The growing number of those who believe that participating in serving Christ the King is optional / unnecessary / a burden seems to be insurmountable. Consumerism, hedonism and secularism are the roots of this huge challenge for ministers, elders and active members who already make a difference in the survival of the local church.
The demand for religious entertainment instead of true worship is another challenge and those in ministry giving in to this trend will find that they can never be entertaining enough.
 
Perhaps we forgot the calling of the church, or simply do not take the critical importance of godly ministry seriously enough.
 
Ministry is another word for service and to minister simply means to serve.
The Apostle Paul had a passion for ministry, because he knew that it meant submitting to God in order for the Lord to mightily use him for God’s purpose.
 
Do you see serving God for the sake of the church, as a calling? Do you have a passion for serving God? If we want to make a difference in people’s lives, we need to become passionate about this service. If we long for God’s anointing of our work in the Church, for God’s multiple blessings on what we do and for “success” in divine terms, we need to know that God called us and that we are serving where and how God leads and wants.
And we must know that to be an instrument in God’s hand we have to be willing to pay the price of ministry.
 
Paul says: (Colossians 1:24-25) I rejoice in what was suffered for you... for the sake of the body of Christ, which is the church. I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness.
 
If we desire to be used by God, we have to know that it will involve humble sacrifice and humble servants of God where not the one who ministers, but Jesus Christ is at the centre of our work for the Lord.
If we are going to follow Jesus in suffering for the sake of the Church, then we, like Jesus, have to be willing to pay the price required for our choice, and the price may include sufferings of many kinds.
 
Paul knows for certain that his suffering as part of his service for the Lord had meaning. If the work we do for the Lord is even worth suffering for, we rejoice that the sacrifices we make produce what matters. And we have to know and believe that the church of the Lord works for a reason and purpose worth sacrificing for, even worth suffering for. That reason is the cause of Christ in the world.  
 
If we desire a life that counts for something important and makes a lasting difference, we will volunteer for duty:
We will step out in faith.
We will rediscover the biblical teaching on what ministry really is.
We will be willing to pay the price / make the sacrifices.
We will be determined to live a life dedicated to serve God and to serve others.
Then we will make a difference in this world for our Lord and Redeemer.  Our lives and ministries will count for a lot. It will touch, heal, teach and guide people to their grace-driven purpose.
We will not become victims of fashionable demands by selfish secularists and hedonism.
More importantly, it will bring glory to God’s Name in everything we do for the sake of the cause of Christ in the world.
 
May 2020 become your opportunity to serve only Christ, teach only the Bible, proclaim justification only through faith and relying only on the grace of God.
Soli Deo Gloria!!
  

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