December 13, 2010
Today's Passage: 2 Tim. 4:9-22
My name is Brian Soniat and as you might remember from my earlier devotional. I am a New Orleans native and will be heading back for the Christmas holidays. Often friends ask about the dishes we serve on Christmas expecting me to tell them how we go to the swamps to trap and fish for the meal. But that is another holiday! Actually the dishes are similar although they have local influences such as my favorites, oyster dressing, a shrimp-corn bisque, a fried turkey and of course a gumbo thrown in at some point.
But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that allthe Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion's mouth. 2 Timothy 4:17 (NASB)
Find your ministry and don't fight the battle alone!
ARE YOU AT WAR IN YOUR MINISTRY AND WHO HAS YOUR BACK?
In these verses I am struck again by Paul’s character during his struggles while imprisoned in Rome. Paul sounds down yet undeterred. He feels abandoned although Luke was with him. In these versus he mentions some struggles and disappointments. He was betrayed by Alexander in verse 14. He was frustrated by the response of his message or lack of. In verse 16 talking of his defense, “no one supported me, but all deserted me."
But the amazing thing about Paul is he never has a “pity party” for himself. I am sure he felt all the emotions that you and I would feel about rejection. But he never allows that to become his focus. Instead, Paul keeps his focus on Christ and the ministry Christ has called him to. In 1 Corinthians 9, Paul tells us to run the race and keep his focus on Christ.
But most of us are not called to take the gospel to regions far beyond our immediate lives. Nor do many have Paul’s temperament and drive. But we are all called to ministry in our own worlds. And the Bible is clear we need others support and prayer for we cannot do it alone.
So I ask you, who do you share ministry goals with? Are you in a bible study where you have people praying for you and prayer not just for you personally, but for your impact in your world? Who has your back spiritually and who encourages you when you lose focus?
1. Who do you share your ministry with?
2. Can you name three people that pray for you specifically and regularly? If not, can you find three people to do that?
3. Who are three people you pray for?
December 13, 2010 09:56:03 AM
Brian..my mother in law is from Louisiana and she makes oyster dressing..its great! Thanks for the reminder not to go it alone..we need each other to do the ministry God has placed on our hearts..appreciate your leadership in the Men's prayer team.
December 13, 2010 10:58:32 AM
I DO have people praying for me - YOU! Thanks for packing my parachute with the other men on Sunday morning Brian. Although your bio could be a little less tempting this time of year!© 2007-2013 Watermark Resources • www.watermark.org • built by innerecho