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“…See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord”  Colosians 4:17

This verse seemed to pop off the page as I neared the end of Paul’s letter to the Colossian brethren. This was the second last line in this epistle, and although the words were written as a note to Archippus, we can apply this to our own walk with Christ.  Our ministry may seem different from those around us, but as  Paul outlined gifts and ministries in 1 Corinthians 12, he took care to note in verse 11 that “all these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one just as He determines.” Each ministry is important to the building of the Kingdom of God.

We do not always understand why God asks us to do what He asks us to do, but when we are sold out fully to Him, we can walk where He leads us knowing full well that we are not walking alone. Sometimes fulfilling our ministries become more challenging than we anticipated, but if God has given us a ministry, then He will give us what we need to accomplish it. Some days may be easier to navigate than others, but thankfully for us, we serve a God who never changes.

Others may look at us and wonder why we do what we do. Sometimes the questions we are asked may cause us hurt and discomfort even as we try to explain why we remain in our positions, but when we know that we are doing the will of the Lord, we find renewed strength in knowing that we are pleasing Him. Our focus should be to do His will and only His will as we look forward to hearing Him say “well done.”

Keep working towards completing the ministry He has given you. It will be more than worth it.

Inventory/Introspection:  What has God asked me to do? What is trying to prevent me from carrying out the ministry that He has given to me?

Personal Application:   If I truly believe that God equips those He has called, then I am confident that He will give me what I need to accomplish what He has given me to do.

Father, You are amazing! We are so thankful for the fact that You chose to involve us in leading others to You, and we are grateful for the part You allow us to play. May Your name be glorified as we work on fulfilling what You have called us to do. We fully expect that obstacles and trials will come, but we are also fully confident that You are able to complete what You have started in us (Philippians 1:6).  

On our own we are bound to fail, but in You we aremore than conquerors!’ (Romans 8:37). May we trust You enough to seek You when we feel we cannot fulfil what You have asked us to do.

Give us the right words to respond to those who may ridicule or question the paths we have chosen to follow with You, knowing that ‘our labour is not in vain.’ It is our desire to do only what glorifies You.

Amen.

Blessings,
ann
Toni R
(c)
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Originally Posted on September 27, 2010 at 6:47 am by tonirand

22 Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.  “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”   The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.  It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD – Lamentations 3:22-26 (New King James Version)

Some time ago I received a ticket for a traffic violation. The speed limit had changed quickly and I had not been paying attention to the signs so the officer gave me a ticket for exceeding the speed limit. I went to court, entered a plea and received a charge for a lesser offence. The fact that I received a lesser punishment does not mean the law was changed to facilitate me. It means someone with the authority heard my story and chose to show mercy.

So it is with our Christian walk. We make mistakes daily. We go off track because we’re not paying attention. The law requires we be punished for our transgressions. Mercy gives us a break. The punishment for sin is death – the gift of God is eternal life (Romans 6:23).

I pay more attention to signs now. There’s no way I’m going to get caught there again!   The rules have not changed because I received favour. God’s grace gave us what we did not deserve … forgiveness, life and liberty. That does not mean we cruise down the roadways of life breaking every code in the book. We have a responsibility to follow His direction. After-all, the signs are there for our guidance and protection!

Matthew 18:23-34 speaks of a man who was let off the hook because he couldn’t pay a huge debt. He in turn went and harassed someone who owed him so much less.  When the one who had showed him mercy heard what had happened, he handed the unkind man over to the jailers so they could torment him until he could repay the debt. We’re human. We drop the ball from time to time. Sometimes we get off easy, sometimes we pay the full penalty. It is because of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed.

We receive mercy so that we may show mercy. We all cross the line. We all need a break every now and then. God’s mercies are new every morning.  Are you in need of mercy? Check in with Him! He has more than enough for you. Someone may need mercy from you today.  Can you give a ‘lesser punishment’ so they too may experience peace and release?

Father, thank You for the Gift of Mercy. Thank You for not giving us what we deserve. You have the authority to give us a far lesser punishment than we have earned. Help us not to take Your love for granted. Teach us to show mercy even as You have shown us mercy for to whom much is given, much is expected.

Amen

Blessings

Ann

Toni R (c)

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