Vs 1 – goes with the end of ch 3
Vs 2-4 – prayer for ministry – so the Gospel is spread
Vs 5-6 – Have a ministry approach to your relationships
Vs 10-18 – personal notes
I will limit my observations to vs 2-6.
- In vs 2-4, Paul tells us that we are partners with him in his ministry. We are to pray that the Gospel will go out. Paul is in prison, and maintains a ministry approach to life, even in dire circumstances.
- In vs 5-6, Paul tells us to have our own ministry approach to life. He encourages us to approach relationships in ways that have the best prospects to attract the unchurched to the Gospel.
- Both these verses together leave us with a clear message that ministry is not simply for the missionary and the pastor. As those redeemed by Christ, we will find in our heart the drive to share his grace with everyone around us. Our entire life can, and should be, ministry oriented.
- I get so caught up in my own business that I don’t often think about “ministry” during my regular life. I need to start praying regularly for my co-workers and neighbors. And, then I need to be mindful of opportunities for meaningful conversations when I am not at church.
- I learned to “prayer walk” in Thailand, praying for the Hmong and the outreach there. I need to remember that I don’t have to be in another country to prayer walk. I have access to the Father at every moment, and I can ask Him to give me a gracious attitude during any and all conversations, whether I am at work, in my neighborhood or at the park.
- I have, at times in my life, kept a prayer list that I used to pray regularly for the staff at Trinity and for other ministries that God laid on my heart. I am going to resurrect that tool and start praying for ministries every day again. I am their partner in ministry and they need my prayers.
Father, you have redeemed me, not just to save my life, but to transform me into a Godly representative of your Kingdom on Earth… one who will look more and more like your Son as time goes by. Remind me that I have important ministry to do. I am not just to stay away from those ugly sins, but I am also to live my life as a servant and a minister.
Posted on Wed, June 10, 2015
by joel king