Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Corinthians 2:4 (AMP); And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power [a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions and thus persuading them],
As ministers of the gospel, the Lord has called us not to merely preach or demonstrate His power. In whatever we do, we should like Paul, stir in the minds of our hearers, the most holy emotions, thus persuading them.
Spiritual waste occurs when all we do is stir people by our gifts to mental excitement and not deep spiritual conviction.
As men and women of God, what is the end of your prophecy? That men may know that as a man of God, you see in the spirit? What is the end of your worship? That people may testify about how wonderful your voice is? What is the end of your sermon? That your hearers may marvel at how well you know the Bible?
That is not the ministry God has called us to. Whatever you do in God should convict a man to hunger for the God you know. He should see you demonstrate the Spirit of God and is moved to seek the Lord with an intensity he has never known before.
Whatever we minister must be translated as an invitation to men to the places in God that He seeks to lead them.
It is only through this that a minister can enjoy a full reward in God.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Corinthians 4:20, 1 Thessalonians 1:5
GOLDEN NUGGET: Whatever we minister must be translated as an invitation to men to the places in God that He seeks to lead them.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank you for showing me an excellent way in ministry. I receive this wisdom and walk by its patterns to edify the body of Christ. I do not just minister, I multiply grace to those who hear me, to the glory of Your name, Amen.