Following a period of relaxation and renewal, my wife Linda and I are spending time with the North Carolina Baptist Men Board of Directors. She and I are both on the Board with Family Foundations, and I am part of the Disaster Relief Chaplaincy. It is a blessing to minister through these opportunities.
Ministry can take many forms. Every one of us who are believers has at least one Spiritual Gift given to us by God. This gift opens the doors for a multiplicity of possibilities in serving God. When we received Christ as our Savior, He didn't redeem us and then leave us here to just go our merry way. Christ redeemed us, forgave us, cleansed us, and prepared us to minister to this lost and dying world.
Some are gifted to be in areas of teaching and preaching. Some are gifted in the area of worship ministry. Others have the gift of service, they can be used in a variety of areas. The big question that comes out is simply, "Are you using your gift for the Master." If not, Why?
As the Psalmist reminds us in this passage today, when we serve the Lord, we will find ourselves full of joy and gladness. If you have seemed to be struggling in the area of joy and gladness, possibly it is because you are not serving your Lord. Commit to Him today that you will seek ways to serve - and most importantly - do it.
Prayer: Jesus, I am thankful to be able to come to You and to spend time with You. I draw my strength from You, and in turn, You provide all that I need to serve You. Jesus, may I vow today to start seeking opportunities to minister and serve in Your name. Then I claim the truth that when I do minister in the area You have gifted me, I will find the fullness of my Joy and gladness. Thank You for the privilege to serve, Amen.