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Monday, September 7, 2015

Understanding Your Ministry as a Christian

Did you know there is an unfinished work that Jesus left for us to do during our time here on earth? Realizing and understanding this truth is the foundation for understanding your ministry as a Christian.

Blogging Through the Bible with Good Morning Girls

In the opening verse of Acts 1:1 we see that Jesus “began to do and teach”.

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach.” ~Acts 1:1 

What is the work that Jesus asks us to do? We find the answer in Acts 1:8-9.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

As Christians, we are called to finish the work that Jesus began during his ministry here on earth. We are called to be His witnesses. 

Jesus finished the work of redemption on the cross. There is nothing else you or I can do or add to his finished work on the cross. The gift of salvation is a finished work. It’s a gift that we are called to share with the world.

What is it that Jesus “began to do and teach”? The commandments of God. We can’t even begin to be His witnesses if we do not know the truth of God. We have to know what the Bible says. That’s why it’s so important for us to be in God’s Word every day, learning our growing, so we can be faithful witnesses rightly handling the Word of God.

In the next six weeks while we are reading in the book of Acts with the Good Morning Girls, we are going to be taking a glimpse into the lives of people who did their part in finishing the unfinished work that Jesus began in his ministry during His time on earth. 

We all have a part to play in the unfinished work of Jesus. Each one of us who are born-again believers in the family of God has been assigned a part in finishing the work which Jesus began.

The apostle Paul understood his part in finishing the work that Jesus began. He says to the Ephesian Elders in Acts 20:22-24:

And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Even with continual warnings from the Holy Spirit of the troubles and afflictions he would be facing in every city, Paul would not be deterred from his part in finishing the work that Jesus began. He wasn’t concerned with protecting his life or saving for retirement! His motivation was finishing his part in the unfinished work of Jesus.

Do we, as Christians, have the same motivation to fulfill our part in the unfinished work of Jesus?
What will we do with the time we have been given here on this earth?

The journey we begin today in the book of Acts testifies about the work that the Holy Spirit accomplished through His people in order to finish the unfinished work of Jesus. It’s a work of the Holy Spirit that continues even today in and through us as we live our lives for the purpose of finishing the work that Jesus gave us to do.

Understanding your ministry as a Christian requires taking an honest look at the priorities you have set in place for your life. Has the busyness of this world choked out your time for reading in the Bible? I invite you to join me in the book of Acts for the next six weeks. Let’s learn together about the acts of the Holy Spirit that are recorded in the book of Acts and get a fresh vision for how we can be a part of finishing the unfinished work of Jesus!

Walking in His Grace, 

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  1. That GMG is going through Acts makes me smile. They did Acts several years ago. It was a result of that study that I was saved.

    1. Praise God! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Walking in His Grace,

  2. Amen and well written, Laurie! We are definitely called to be witnesses. Thanks for this beautiful reminder and for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

    1. Congratulations, Laurie! You were the Featured Post this week at #SocialButterflySunday!

  3. I need your prayers I have to go Friday 18th for another mammogram and a ultra sound on my right breast. They said they saw something not sure what. My mom died at age 59 with breast cancer and my older sister died at age 44 with breast cancer. I know Gods in control and I’m trusting in Him.


    1. Coni, I am praying for you! I'm trusting God along with you for a good report today. He is in control and will never leave you nor forsake you. Hang on to Him during this time and trust in who You know Him to be. (((HUGS)))

      In His Love,