As those that minister are first partakers of the fruit, reveals to us the beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The living word of God makes provisions to care for us in totality.
“Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.” — 1 Corinthians 9:14
We, as laymen, saints, ministers and sheep, must pray for each other and those that labor as ministers of the gospel because there’s a need. The shepherd must be lifted up as well as others who are edified by the word that they bring forth. The enemy roams to stop the delivery of the word, as we often battle as Christians through storms and adversities to receive a ministry for our souls that will preach. Therein lies the anointing upon the lives of the shepherds who persevere to bring forth the word of God exemplary in their lives. These nuggets of wisdom are not from the faint of heart but from chosen vessels of God who are sold out to the things of God.
“And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.” — 1Thessalonians 5:12-13
We are a body in Christ and there’s no separation, be it a bishop, elder, minister, evangelist or sheep. We’re all one by the same Spirit and there should be no schism in the body. Therefore, we must be mindful of our humanity that everyone needs edifying because we all walk this earth, and life happens to each one.
As we come to the conclusion that the body of Christ is fitly framed and have a mindset that each one matters, we understand that Jesus covers and protects us all.
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” — 2 Corinthians 4: 8-9
May we walk set apart, as the firmament and the sea, and by our passing and going, others are drawn to experience Him.
This blessedness of heart ministers life and upholds everyone. It extends itself in hopes of a reach that will touch the hearts of many whether near or far. Because this agenda is kingdom minded and not of an earthly constitution, barriers will be broken, the houses of God will prosper and understanding will be established. May our brothers and sisters in Christ return to the table with renewed minds that are transformed. May our thoughts line up with God’s purpose, as understanding is established, encouraging each one of us knowledge to appropriate the church.
“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” — 1 Timothy 5:17
We are a body whose members are of different nationalities and extend the globe occupying sanctuaries in various capacities. By the spirit of God we attend to one another through prayer and the living word of God. Manifestations of our petitions travel the world and our faith grows upon each testimony. There’s no containment because where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17). This freedom makes all things possible to those that love Him and are called according to His purpose.
Therefore, pray a prayer for the shepherd, who is the head and thought process of the body in Christ.
And may God pour out His Spirit upon all flesh and your sons and daughters prophesy, and your young men see visions, and your old men dream dreams as we await His return. This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified in your life.
Pamela Young is a native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and the author of two books. Share your thoughts and ideas about the column with Pamela at firstname.lastname@example.org.