With the New Year, the Lord continues to deepen in me the awareness of the ministry calling of the believer: to be fruitful ministers walking in the power of Christ. However, we only minister in proportion to our awareness of our authority in the Lord. And, we only gain authority for ministry as we grow in various areas that produce ministry.
Matthew tells of an account when a Roman centurion came to Jesus and said, “’Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.’ Jesus said, ‘I will come and heal him.’ But the officer said, ‘Lord, I am not worthy…’” (Matthew 8:5)
You Are Invited to Share in Jesus’ Authority
Here is a story about a man who recognizes the principle of authority. Verses 8 and 9 continue with the centurion saying, “Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.” Then the Bible says that Jesus was amazed at this and that the young servant was healed that same hour.
The Lord Jesus has invited you to come and share fully in His authority. There is an authority that’s communicated when you’ve learned to speak in the name of Jesus. However, there is an order of priority of ministry that all of us are obligated to if we’re going to be His ministering people.
To Share in Jesus’ Authority, We Must First, Minister to the Lord
In my pastorate and my life, I have always placed great emphasis on the importance of praising the Lord. At The Church On the Way, we gave much time to praising the Lord. Some found themselves quite readily entering into praise and some never knew anything else.
Ministry to the Lord requires entering into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. It should become a living part of your life. If you’re going to be a ministering person, you begin by ministering to the Lord; that’s where ministry starts.
Acts 13 tells us, “while they ministered unto the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, set apart unto me Paul and Barnabas.” In other words, the evangelization of the world was born out of a prayer meeting where people did nothing other than minister to the Lord in praise and prayer.
There are large segments of the Church that enjoy what they feel and experience in praise and worship. However, they don’t know why it’s that way. It is not only to be part of our relationship with Jesus but also to be fruitful in ministry.
Become a Fruitful Minister
The ministry of praise and adoration establishes lines of free communication between the worshipper and Jesus that is nourished and expanded as we minister to Him in praise.
The Lord has a pattern by which we become the most fruitful. And that is as you praise Him, you’ll connect with Him into the stream of Jesus’ life.
The Lord’s plan for you is to be a ministering person. You face the difficulties, the problems, the trials, and the stresses of life like anybody else. But deep inside, something is transpiring that is making you a person who has a reservoir to draw on. There’s always something to give in ministry and it should be flowing all the time. Ministering to the Lord gives you increased capacities.
Now, without any musical background, without any assistance, let’s take a moment right now and praise the Lord. The Bible says, let everything that has breath praise the Lord. I encourage you to speak or sing His praise out loud. Go ahead, just for one minute. Try it and see what will happen.
Father God, will you establish the significance of praise in our hearts? Lord, we stand in rejoicing confidence that we will learn the dynamic and the blessing of praising you. Make us a people who praise you when driving our cars or washing dishes, praising you from our lips without hesitation. Teach us to be people who are strongly established in the authority and praise of the Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.
God bless you dear one,
P.S. I would like to send you some resources that will help you minister to the Lord. I trust you will find them beneficial. For a gift of $30 or more I will send you my book The Reward of Worship which reveals the joy of fellowship with God as well as my two messages entitled Praise the Pathway of Triumph and The Key to Worship. Thank you for your prayers and support. I appreciate them very much.