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We’re In This Together

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. – Ephesians 4:11-12

I know some people who feel that Christian ministry is the job of the pastor and the paid church staff. The rest of us are like spectators in the bleachers. We cheer on the team, but we don’t play the game.

How do you think the apostle Paul viewed the Christian ministry? Here are his words from 2 Corinthians 4:1: “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” Then in verse 7, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

Paul does not say, “I,” but “we.” He speaks of “our” gospel. He refers to God’s power using “us.” The apostle knew that he and a few other full-time workers would never get the job done by themselves, nor was that ever God’s intention. Paul relied on the members of various churches to pray for him, to support him financially, and to encourage him, but he saw himself as one member of the total team–a great witnessing brotherhood in which everyone had a part. Paul would never endorse the idea of a pastor doing all the work of witnessing and training, while the congregation did nothing but cheer him on.

That’s not the picture of the church we get from 2 Corinthians. Thank God for your pastor, and then make sure you get into the battle, too.

Prayer

Lord, thank You that You have left the Great Commission to every one of us. Amen.

To Ponder

Are you wholeheartedly supporting your fellow believers in the Lord’s work?

(The Navigators)