Separated Unto the Gospel

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.” —Romans 1:1

There is no greater call than to be a servant of Jesus Christ. It is an honor and a privilege to do the bidding of the King of kings and Lord of lords instead of pursuing the things of this world. Ministering to the lost and to the household of faith is not just a job or a career choice, it is a divine calling from the Lord.

The Spirit of the Lord is still calling saints to the work of the ministry. While every call of God is a little different, He is still looking for those who will fully consecrate their heart, time, and energy to the work of the gospel. Paul was separated unto the gospel of God. He was called to leave the course of this world and was set apart to fulfill a life-time call of ministry. There may be a time and place in the Lord for part-time ministry but there is no place for part-time consecration. There remains a need in this present generation for ministers to separate themselves from the cares that bind them to this world and give themselves entirely to the gospel efforts at home and abroad.

If you have been called of God and have been separated unto the gospel, be of good courage and stay faithful in time of need, for your Master will take care of you.
—mws

Cast Thy Bread Upon the Waters

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. —Ecclesiastes 11:1

Solomon encouraged the reader to “Cast thy bread upon the waters.”  Not unjustly, this scripture is often used to challenge people to sow the seeds of the gospel everywhere. While this is also true, Solomon is specifically speaking of deeds of charity. Sow the seeds of kindness and goodness upon people all around you. Give a portion of food to seven and also to eight (v2).

Sow upon all waters. Be hospitable to the most unlikely people even if they may seem unworthy. Sacrifice for the orphan, the single mother, the sick father, the elderly, the sinner. Give as unto the Lord and withhold not your hand.

In due time, God will cause an abundant increase. We sow not for the fleshly gratification, but God will repay His faithful servants. There will be a return.

—mws

 

Tend the Flame

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out. —Leviticus 6:13

The flame on the altar upon which the sacrifices were made was to never go out. The flame did not burn untended, but it had to be cared for and fed. The wood had to be replenished continually so that the flame would not be extinguished.

Marriage is the same way. God does not want the flame of love to flicker out. For the sacred union of marriage to be preserved, it must be tended. Many marriages have grown cold because couples have not taken the time to feed the relationship with love and sacrifice.Read more

Preach What I Give Thee

Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. —Jonah 3:2

God gave the prophet Jonah a commission to go to Nineveh and “preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.” The other prophets may be displeased, the people may not like it, and you may not get recognition for your sacrifice. You may even be run out of town, but be faithful. Do not preach opinion or your ideas, but preach what the Spirit says with love, judgment and Holy Ghost boldness.Read more

The Fellowship of His Sufferings

I count all things but loss….that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. Philippians 3:8-10

The apostle Paul counted everything in life but loss so that he could experience as much as possible the life and power of Christ. Purportedly, Paul was beheaded for his faith. Based on his writings, I am confident that Paul welcomed this as he welcomed many other hardships in life.Read more