Acts 6:4 – But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
If you were a conscientious athlete in any discipline, you would be engaged, at the very least, in regularly scheduled and consistent training. If you were a medical doctor, you would be engaged in on-going medical training to remain current in your medical practice. If you were an accountant, you would be constantly learning to keep up with new tax laws and legal requirements to serve you clientele. As important as many would consider such professions, how important is your witness as a child of God to you? Are you a child of God? If so, you should be training daily to live as a child of God. Are you a leader in the body of Christ? If so, you should be training daily to live as a leader in the body of Christ. Are you a member of the five-fold ministry? Your training regimen for the work of perfecting the saints should be second to none.
I write today to serve notice on every reading believer, but especially to those among us who are called of the Lord and established in five-fold ministry; apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher. Lives, not just in the present, but for eternity, rest in the balances of the work of the five-fold ministry, in which I am a called participant. If God has called you, He has anointed and equipped you for the work at hand. And a major element of that calling and equipping is the assigning of personal responsibility to the five-fold minister to grow, learn, and develop in that ministry and its anointing. There ARE grave responsibilities in this arena of life for every five-fold minister.
Study the Word. Be sure of the office you are called to serve. Study the Word. Learn to clearly recognize the responsibilities of that office. Study the Word. Identify your personal place of service in which the Lord Jesus has set you. Study the Word. Rightly divide the truth of God’s Word, especially as it relates to the specific calling the Lord has set upon your life. Study the Word.
Seek sound Biblical counsel. You need mentors, trainers, leaders with experience and sound knowledge, and counsel that arises from the heart of God, clearly evidenced through the lives and work of authentic men/women of God. Seek sound Biblical counsel. Ask questions, be a life-long learner, and ALWAYS search for truth in all things. And never, Never, NEVER forget that in your study, all things MUST be in alignment with the Word of God. So, in all you do, KEEP THE WORD IN FIRST PLACE. The ONLY thing that should move you in the Word of God, for it alone stands immutable, unshakable, unchangeable, and unalterable.
Manna for Today – Acts 6:1-7; Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Corinthians 12:28-30; 1 John 2:20-27