The Mystery of Discipleship

#62 Ministry to the Church

Posted: Monday, May 8th, 2017
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About The Mystery of Discipleship Series

Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.

Devotional

Paul’s idea of ministry differs radically from ours today. He was writing to compare the glory of the Law on the face of Moses with the glory of the present age of the Church. And he described his own purpose to the Corinthians and to all the churches.

2 Corinthians 3:8-9 AMPC
Why should not the dispensation of the Spirit [this spiritual ministry whose task it is to cause men to obtain and be governed by the Holy Spirit] be attended with much greater and more splendid glory?

For if the service that condemns [the ministration of doom] had glory how infinitely more abounding in splendor and glory must be the service that makes righteous [the ministry that produces and fosters righteous living and right standing with God]!

Do you see? How wonderful! Real ministry is to ‘cause men to obtain and be governed by the Holy Spirit,’ to bring God’s children to right relationship with God. That is building! That is Church building, one by one. And that alone is ‘ministry.’ Oh, it does have greater glory!

But that building, that ministry to the church will break your heart, cost your life, and bring down on you terrible persecution, misunderstanding and loss of reputation. That building-ministry will itself be your own deep, continuing Cross, killing everything that is not solely for and by the Lord. It was so for Paul. But, praise God, a few become willing to ‘be governed by the Holy Spirit’ and they will be the joy of your heart and the glory of Jesus.

Other Devotionals in The Mystery of Discipleship Series

Mystery of Discipleship #91 Whose Love Do You Love? #90 The Disciples Were Following Love #89 Seeing the Father #88 From the Eyes of Your Heart #87 To See the Lord #86 Fellowship with the Son #85 Spiritual Ears that Hear God #84 The Disciple's Spiritual Purity #83 Mixture Is Wanting Something for ME #82 For Love of the World #81 The Conscience of the World #80 Salt, the Unseen Spark #79 Salt of the Earth #78 The Heart's Possessions #77 Priests and Disciples #76 Faith and Surrender Were the Victory #75 Soldier of Christ Jesus #74 We Will Be Sifted Like Wheat #73 Jesus' Prayer in Warfare #72 Victory in the Vessel #71 The Cost of the Conflict #70 God's Consecrated People #69 Where Jesus is Lord, People are Church #68 The Presence of the Lord #67 An Abode for God #66 A Holy Temple #65 Church is Christ #64 The Boss: Jesus Christ, the Head #63 Supreme Head of the Church
#62 Ministry to the Church (Currently Viewing)
#61 Disciples are Builders #60 Enemies of the Cross #59 Raised by the Power of Resurrection #58 The Disciple and the Kingdom #57 The Cross and the Nature of Man #56 The End of Effort #55 A Terrifyingly Beautiful Process #54 The Cost of Building and Battling #53 The Cost of the Call #52 Crucified to the World #51 You Boast About What You Love #50 The Cross: Abandon Self for HIM #49 The Cross and the Will #48 The Cross Began in Gethsemane #47 The Cross is the Zeal of God #46 The Power of God #45 The Cross is Love #44 The Cross is a Divide #43 The Brilliance of the Word #42 Love Alone Embraces the Cross #41 Repentance and Transformation #40 Love in Exact Proportion to Repentance #39 Passion for Christ #38 Our Gracious and Brilliant Lord #37 To Love the Lord with Undying Love #36 The Last and Largest Love #35 Do You Love Me? #34 The Sword of Love #33 Discipleship is Abandon #32 Christ Is My Home #31 A Healthy Hatred for My Soul-Life #30 Your Heritage from Family #29 The Heavenly Father Is the Source #28 Belonging to God and His Family #27 One Family in Christ Jesus #26 Spirit of Counsel and Knowledge #25 A Cross Experience for the Disciple #24 Jesus' True Family Revealed #23 The One Criterion for Family #22 Enemies in the House #21 Christ's Dominion Isn't Cruel to Family #20 Spiritual Understanding is Responsibility #19 Belonging to God, a Right of Ownership #18 When We Come to Christ as a Disciple #17 The Major Condition of Discipleship #16 The IF of Discipleship #15 How a Believer Becomes a Disciple #14 Utter Dependence – Blind, Poor, Lame and Needy #13 What Is God's View of Disciples? #12 Guests of the Marriage Supper #11 The Difference Between Disciples and Believers #10 Possessions, Position, and People #9 When the Invitees Make Excuses #8 Marriage of the Lamb #7 The Desire for Reward #6 The Truly Hungry Follow Jesus #5 Discipleship Requires a Transformation of Thinking #4 Honor in the Lowest Place #3 Discipleship Is an Offer #2 The Model and Order for a Disciple #1 A Disciple Can Make Disciples