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Monday, June 11
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.
One of the common misconceptions in the Church today is that it’s the job of the ‘full-time’ ministers to do the work of the Gospel. This mindset has made Christianity more of a spectator event as opposed to a participatory lifestyle. When it comes to taking care of a family who may have lost a loved one or has suffered from illness or an unexpected emergency, most believers sit back and do nothing. You’ll hear them say, “That’s the pastor’s job, that’s why we pay him/her.” Unfortunately, because of this, true Christianity does resemble what God intended for it to look like. If you’ll take a close look at today’s scripture text, you’ll see that there is a place for the ministry gifts but those gifts are there to equip the church, not do the work for them. In a football game, if you saw the coaches out on the field playing the game, making the players sit on the sideline and watch, you would undoubtedly ask why the coach wasn’t doing their job, correct? Why then is it that the ministry staff of the local church is expected to do the work while the congregation sits on the sideline? People leave the church daily because they feel unfulfilled and unneeded and it all boils down to the fact that they are not being put in the game. Ask yourself this question. What does my ministry look like? If you don’t know the answer, it’s time to get in the game. Be a player, not just a spectator.
Tuesday, June 12
1 Timothy 4:8
For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
Whether or not you were ever the star athlete or in the starting line-up of a particular team, you are a ‘starter’ on God’s team. The Church is not limited to a certain number of players. All you need to make the starting line-up is to be submitted to your Coach. God has position for you and it’s not on the bench! The only person keeping you from getting into the game is you. When you begin understand that you have an important role to play you’ll do what it takes to excel in that role. Just like an athlete trains daily to perform well at their position, you will see that you’re doing what it takes to be the very best you can be in role God has give you. Striving for Godliness doesn’t mean that you’re trying to move to a higher place or position. It simply means that you’ve embraced who He has made you to be and you’re determined to live that out at the highest level possible. By you becoming who you are in Him, you will give others a more complete picture of who He is. The church will be a legit picture of who God is when every believer purposes to perform well in the position He has placed them in.
Wednesday, June 13
15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”
How open are your eyes to the needs of others? Are you truly open to real ministry or just being around ministry? A maturing believer will find themselves becoming less and less content with simply watching ministry happen and hunger to see others needs met. Today’s scripture is a great example of that. The disciples knew that the people were in need of food but, rather than trying to help them they chose to send them away. Jesus took this opportunity to teach them that ministry is far more than simply preaching to someone. Can you see the beauty of what took place in this situation? Jesus not only met the needs of the masses but He met the spiritual need for the teaching and training of His disciples. This is great news for followers of Christ. You don’t have to be a spiritual giant in order to do ministry. You simply have to be in communication with the Ultimate Minister. The next time that you see a potential need stop, ask the Holy Spirit for insight, and be obedient to His leading. He will show you how you can be a benefit in that situation.
Thursday, June 14
16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.”
An area that many believers get hung up in as they mature spiritually is knowing enough to point out problems but not having the knowledge to fix them. Too many people are quick to point their finger at problems and issues without offering to be a help at the same time. The disciples were quick to recognize and point out the problem of the hungry masses but none of them were offering to help fix it. All they saw was the need. They were focused on what they didn’t have, not the fact that they were talking to the answer Himself. They were standing right next to the Son of God and not one of them sought to take advantage of it. What about you? What do you do when you see a problem or an issue that needs to be fixed? Do you complain about who or what is causing a stir or do you seek to bring a solution. You have the very Spirit of God Himself indwelling you. Every answer to every problem that you will ever encounter is in you because that’s were He is. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you were put on this Earth to point out issues. When God reveals a problem to you it’s because He’s put the answer in you, not because He’s wanting you to put a spotlight on it.
Friday, June 15
17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.”
The difference between lack and abundance is what you choose to do with what you have. The life of a true believer is predicated on Kingdom principles, not earthly circumstances. It is impossible to experience Heaven by employing earthly methodology. When you choose to operate using Kingdom tools and principles, Kingdom results will be inevitable. The disciples learned this as they were being overwhelmed by the task Jesus had put before them. When Jesus told the disciples to feed the hungry masses in front of them He didn’t expect them to do it with what they currently had, He was putting them in a place of dependency on Him. They had no choice but to place the little they had in His hands, and they quickly found out that anything Jesus was given control would be blessed. What is your hungry mass today? What impossible odds are staring you in the face? Whatever it is, place the concern of it in His hands and allow Him to do with it as He chooses. He will bring Kingdom possibility into your earthly circumstance.
Saturday, June 16
19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.
Relinquishing control does not mean that you neglect your responsibility. When the disciples handed their problem over to Jesus, they didn’t walk away saying, “Well, it’s His problem now.” Quite to the contrary, their work was just about to start. As you just read, the disciples were responsible for distributing the increase that came with the blessing. Jesus’ solution was not to simply relieve them of their duty, it was to equip them to fulfill it. The world around you is waiting to see your private information displayed through public participation. In other words, the things that you learn through spending time with Him are not just for you to sit on. The wisdom and knowledge you gain through your encounters with the Holy Spirit need to be put to work in the Kingdom. If the disciples had not stepped out and distributed the little that they had to start with, they would have not experienced the miracle that was soon to follow. Be publicly faithful by being responsible with the things that He gives you in private.
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