“The Ministry: How can I prove the power of the Gospel?”
Being an ambassador for Christ is a full-time job. As Christians, we are to live as Christ not only in moments of intentional ministry to others, but even in our most private moments. Sometimes, the way that we think, act, and speak in front of others when we aren’t even aware that we are being watched accomplishes more for or against the cause of Christ than the things that we do intentionally. Moments like these reveal our hearts to others and, for them, either confirm or deny that Jesus is who we say He is. The most profound ministry often happens in “off stage” moments, a thought that is both encouraging and challenging.
When Moses had been with God, he had to veil his face because God’s glory had caused it to glow. Because Jesus had not yet come and the Holy Spirit was not dwelling in the hearts of all Christians, people could not interact with God on an individual level. It was a privilege reserved for a few, and those few would do business with God on behalf of others.
Now that Jesus has come, there is no more “veil,” or separation from God, for believers. When someone accepts Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives within that person’s heart. God begins to transform that person, making them more like Christ. The change God brings about proves who He is to others who witness the change, and it brings glory to Him.
Allowing others to witness the change that God has made in us by simply being who we ought to be as Christians all the time is as much a part of ministry as the words and deeds we schedule into our lives. When we begin to understand this aspect of ministry, pressure that we put on ourselves to constantly “do” something for God dissipates and we become the living sacrifice God intends for us to be (Romans 12:1).
Respond to the following in your journal:
What did you learn through Bible study today?
How were you encouraged? How were you challenged?