Galatians 5:13 says, “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” We have been spending Sunday nights studying about Christian service. We are instructed in Scripture to serve one another. We have been taught that every believer has a spiritual gift to be exercised in the local church. So I ask, “Are you discovering and developing your spiritual gift?” I ask, “Is there a place for every body and are more people getting involved? Is God meeting our needs in answers to prayer? Is there a growing sense of unity and mutual concern in the fellowship? Are people spontaneously caring for each other?”
Yes, by God’s grace, I am happy to say that God is working in our congregation and I am blessed by being a part of it. I hope you are being blessed as well. Let me remind you and challenge you as we move into a new season of ministry (both calendar and programming) that the foundation of ministry is character. All of Christian ministry is associated with character. Character is what Jesus described in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) and demonstrated in his own life and ministry.
Christian character is cultivated when we make Scripture a part of our inner being and obey what it says. It comes from spending time faithfully in worship and prayer, gladly making sacrifices, and willingly serving others. Character is forged when we go through trials and depend on God’s grace (Job 23:10). Character comes from discipline and devotion, from courage and commitment. Character is formed in fellowship as we have ministry responsibilities and accountability.
As we devote our lives to studying God’s Word, living it out, sharing the gospel, serving God’s people, bearing one another’s burdens, and sharing in the building of the church, we can be certain of God’s blessing. Let us guard our hearts that we might experience God’s best -Proverbs 4:23: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”