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Seeing Your Life as a Ministry

What is the purpose of your life? What are the driving principles upon which all of your decisions are made? Who or what are you living for? Are these questions you have ever considered? If you haven't seriously thought about them, then it is probably the case that you are merely living for yourself like most in our society. It is likely that image, pleasure and ease are the dominant factors in your decision-making processes.

However, God has called us to live our lives for a different purpose with a different set of principles. The apostle Paul wrote:14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NIV)Notice Paul's inspired words provide a new mission or purpose for those who identify with Christ's death.Jesus died for us so that we can live for Him. In other words, we are to live for God, not for ourselves.The obvious implication of living for God is that this is accomplished in the totality of one's life. Every aspect of our life and every one of our relationships is to be surrendered to God. We are to see ourselves as instruments of God to advance His Kingdom and His purposes, not our own kingdom and purpose. When you accepted Christ as your Savior, He also became your Lord and Master. We are to allow every dimension of our life and every relationship in our life to be opportunities to proclaim and to administer God's grace.

By definition, a minister is a person who "serves" at the will of another. We are called to be ministers of God's purposes. We see the apostle Paul developing this concept:18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21)

Friends, being ministers means we have a ministry.Once you trust Christ for salvation, your whole life becomes a ministry and therefore every human relationship is an opportunity to administer the grace of God.Our life consists of relationships with people. It is our purpose to encourage everyone, regardless of where they are in their spiritual pilgrimage, about the grace of God in all its forms. The word 'everyone' means not only your friends, neighbors, business associates and acquaintances, but it also means your spouse, children, and parents. That's right; my relationship with my wife and kids is a ministry. They are gifts from God and they need to be treated as gifts from God with the attitude of always seeking their highest good.

Friends, this is the calling God has placed on all of our lives. We are called to live our lives with purpose by using the principles contained in the Word of God. One way that has helped me to incorporate God's purposes in my life was to adopt a life purpose statement. Here is mine:'I want to glorify God by seeing my life as a ministry and every relationship as a ministry opportunity'.I want to encourage you to adopt this as your purpose statement. It captures the heart of God's purpose for us. Memorize this statement. Repeat it over and over until it becomes as familiar to you as your street address. It will help you remember God has a purpose or a ministry for you and it involves everyone you come into contact with.

May God bless your ministry!!

Gregg Scarato
Sr. Pastor, Living Hope Community Church
Denver, CO 80020 audio sermons by Pastor Gregg)