Do you have ministry in your church? Or maybe you are actively participating in your church? Volunteer, leader, usher, music, admin, pastoral, or maybe because of being so active, you wanted to join all those teams.
When you initially came to Christ, you were so on fire with the Lord. You diligently do the spiritual disciplines. But as you grow in your spiritual walk, you get tasked with more responsibilities. And with these responsibilities come the busyness. There is nothing wrong on being active in church. Getting busy in ministry, growing in ministry. It is a privilage to be part of it and serve. The question is, many christians now are actively involved in ministry but forgetting the reasons why their joined. It is becoming a daily routine of their lives. Go to the center every Sunday, ushered members, lead in worship, preached. There is nothing wrong with that but as you examined your self, are you growing? Are you growing as a christian or you are just growing in your ministry? Your prayer time, your devotion, your personal intimacy with God?
True intimacy with Christ involves suffering, obedience, much prayer, a good knowledge of God’s Word, and a life of faith.
Let us learn to prioritize our intimacy with God, rather than activities.
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The words ‘deny yourself’ mean saying no to yourself. The Christian life involves the challenge of daily denial. The world thinks that the way to life is to deny yourself nothing. Jesus says that the opposite is true. The way to find life is to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow him.
You are called to love. You are to live for God and for other people. And as you give yourself away, God will take care of your life.
The teaching of Jesus is radical and revolutionary. It is exactly the opposite of what we would expect, yet we see how it works out in practice. Those who seek their own satisfaction end up disillusioned and dissatisfied having wasted their lives; those who follow Jesus’ teaching find life in all its fullness.
Lord, your words are so challenging. Help me each day to learn to deny myself in little things as well as big and to take up my cross and follow you. Thank you that as we give our lives to you, we find life in all its fullness.
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Lord, thank you that as I read the Scriptures I encounter Jesus. Lord, help me each day, as I listen to your words and meet with you, to grow in my love relationship and to reflect your glory as I am transformed into your likeness with ever increasing glory.
In a culture where women were considered second-class citizens, Jesus appeared first to two women. He chose two ordinary women and trusted them with the most important news in history.
Lord, thank you that you send me out to go and make disciples of all nations and you promise that the presence of Jesus will go with me as I do so.
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Lord, thank you that you went through all this for me. Thank you that not only do you forgive me, but you also allow me to be part of your plans.
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