Why we do what we do

Some days, we just have to sit down and remember the reason why we’re in ministry whether it’s the traditional “minister” or writer, speaker, teacher, health care worker, social worker or [fill in the blank]. Here are some reminders:

      But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord
           or speak in his name,
      his word burns in my heart like a fire.
           It’s like a fire in my bones!
      I am worn out trying to hold it in!
           I can’t do it! (Jeremiah 20:9).

      Yet preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t preach the Good News! (1 Corinthians 9:16).

      Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart (2 Corinthians 4:1 NIV).

      By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News (Ephesians 3:7).

      This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (1 Timothy 1:6-7).

      So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News (2 Timothy 1:6-8).

      Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

      And no one can become a high priest simply because he wants such an honor. He must be called by God for this work, just as Aaron was (Hebrews 5:4).

      May he equip you with all you need
           for doing his will.
      May he produce in you,
           through the power of Jesus Christ,
      every good thing that is pleasing to him.
           All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. (Hebrew 13:21).

I needed those reminders! Now back to writing an assigned article!

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