“For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister….”
(St. Mark 10:45)
Greetings to the Household of Faith! I’m excited by what I see the Lord has done, is doing, and yet about to do! The Lord has blessed us to once again see another Sunday. Truly we can declare as the Psalmist, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)
I’m excited to announce that we will again have “Bethel Outside the Walls” (BOW) at the end of this month! That’s right… we’re going to shut the doors of the church once again on a Sunday to go out into the KCK area and spread the word of God’s Love on Fire! More details will be coming, but this is going to be another epic event here at Bethel! Get ready for ministry… FOR SERVICE!
Every day God gives to us should be seen as “An Opportunity for Service.” Often the adversary will cause us to put emphasis on “the woes of this life” or “what we don’t have.” His desire is for us to concentrate on the negative that then leads us to be bound in a state of depression & helplessness. But when God allows us life, with our hearts to keep pumping and our lungs to inhale & exhale precious oxygen…. We owe God praise! “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.” (Psalm 150:6)
And with each new day comes an occasion (or opportunity) to minister (or serve others). True ministry is not what others do for you, it’s what you can do for someone else. Remember Jesus declared, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister…” (Mark 10:45) What have you done for someone today? What kind words of encouragement have you given? What good deed have you administered? Consider the words of an old Christian song song:
“If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,
If I can show somebody, how they’re travelling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.”
Study the lesson of ‘the good Samaritan’ in the 10th chapter of St. Luke. When a man was in distress and needed assistance, both a priest and a Levite (the religious ‘church folk’) passed him by and didn’t want to get involved! But when the Samaritan saw the man, the scriptures declared, “…he had compassion on him.” That compassion moved him to make the effort to get involved! The Samaritan saw the opportunity for service and made that his priority, even at his personal cost! At the conclusion of lesson, Jesus tells us, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:37 NIV) Today, understand you’ve been blessed to help someone else! Remember, God said this is… “The Year of Performance!” Be blessed & stay encouraged!
Pastor A. Glenn Brady