Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Daily devotional: Carry out God's ministry with a clear mind

Scripture
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
2 Timothy 4:5 NLT

Observation
Unlike the people Paul describes in vv.3-4 who chase after myths and search for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear, I should keep my mind clear, alert, active, and steady. While not something I like to think about, persecution and suffering is inevitable for all who are devoted to Jesus (see 3:12). And finally, I am to carry out the ministry God has given me. He did not create us to sit on the sidelines but to live an active, engaged, and productive life.

Application
Be focused with an active mind, be prepared for suffering, and follow the Holy Spirit's leading into fully carrying out the ministry God has called me to.

Prayer
Lord, please be the God of my mind, giving me expanded capacity to reason and focus. Keep the ministry You've placed before me in focus and enable me to fully carry it out. I love You and hold tightly to You. I praise You, the King of creation and Hope of the nations!

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