Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Welcome to Day 135 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: 1 Chronicles 25; 1 Chronicles 26; 1 Chronicles 27; 1 Thessalonians 4 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
1 Chronicles 25:1, “David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals. Here is the list…”
1 Chronicles 26:20, “Their fellow Levites were in charge of the treasuries of the house of God and the treasuries for the dedicated things…”
1 Chronicles 27:1, “This is the list of the Israelites—heads of families, commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and their officers, who served the king in all that concerned the army divisions that were on duty month by month throughout the year.”
1 Thessalonians 4, living to please God, addresses believers who have died–and the return of Jesus.
Taking note today of what it means to be “appointed.” Some were appointed due to their family lineage, and casting lots?
However we are called to whatever we are called, we are to live holy lives, set apart (sanctified) for his purposes.
Doesn’t imply full-time ministry… it is a heart issue. 1 Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
I am fortunate to have been a full time minister since 1995 or so. But I never viewed myself as NOT in full-time ministry, even when I was working at an ad agency… because it’s a heart issue. When you have a kingdom mindset, how you earn your living is different has nothing to do with how you view extending the kingdom.
I did much of what I’m doing now before I was ever paid to do it. Same with Doug. He didn’t go full time until we had 300-400 people. Most churches have a full-time pastor at 100 people. I went full time at 700 people, because going “full-time” wasn’t my goal.
I was no less the worship leader being part time than full time.
I often say that I could go to work at Wal-Mart and it would only change the logo on my paycheck. (And obviously the amount of time I would have to commit to day to-day ministry.) But it wouldn’t change who I am, or how God sees me.
If we can grasp that it’s about extending the kingdom… more than “church…” I know that I am no better or more powerful by being full time than any person who is serving in the Children’s Ministry as a volunteer ministry partner! I am no better than our facility team or admin team. I am merely called to different ministry, with different responsibilities.
Remember that body analogy? “The hand cant’ say to the eye, ‘I don’t need you.'”
If we can see the gold in those around us… and strive to bring that gold out… to give others the chance to shine, to make room for that… to bless what God is doing in their lives… to give them space to make mistakes… to equip and release them into their calling? Wow!
To see others as God sees them. As he sees us… as he sees me… Called, anointed, appointed.
Galatians 3:26, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Give me your eyes to see others as you see them! To see others as powerful, full of gold, waiting to be mined!
P.S. I love this pic! —->