We are each called to ministry in one form or another. Although we tend to think of ministry as something that’s done inside a church, in reality it encompasses everything we do all week long, no matter where we are. In God’s eyes, there’s no division between sacred and secular activities.
Each of us has been created and fitted by God to fulfill the particular ministry He’s chosen specifically for us.
Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch devotional, January 30, 2017.
God doesn’t look at just what we give. He also looks at what we keep. Randy Alcorn
In the Bible, Mark 9:43-48, Jesus used startling language to stress the importance of cutting sin out of our lives. Painful discipline is required of his true followers. Giving up a relationship, job, or habit that is against God’s will may seem just as painful as cutting off a hand. Our high goal, however, is worth any sacrifice; Christ is worth any possible loss. Nothing should stand in the way of faith. We must be ruthless in removing sins from our lives. Make your choices from an eternal perspective.
Commentary from the One Year NIV Devotional NT, April 17. Tyndale House Publishers (2003).
4And I say to you, My friends, don’t fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. 5 But I will show you the One to fear: Fear Him who has authority to throw people into hell after death. Yes, I say to you, this is the One to fear! 6 Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight.
What is this fear?
I wrote a little about that in a previous post titled Unseen.
Finally, there is this:
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
turning people from the snares of death.
I can attest that Proverbs 14:27 is true from personal experience, my life being completely changed by Jesus, and from many, many others I have spoken with that were heading down the wrong path.
Just some things to ponder.