Call to ministry — The born again experience – Part 2
Text: John 3:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:26-27
Key Verse: 1Thessalonians 2:10, “Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe,” NKJV.
Ministers of the gospel should not set wrong examples. Jesus said we should follow Him (Matthew 11:29).
Apostle Paul said we should also follow him because he has set a good example, even as he is following Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1). People called to gospel ministry must show integrity of spiritual leadership to those following them. Paul in his writing to the Thessalonian brethren defended his apostleship and recalled how holily, justly, and unblameably he and his coworkers had worked among them to set good examples for those following them (1 Thessalonians 2:10). The believers at Thessalonica could testify that Paul and his coworkers were beyond reproach; no one could rightfully accuse them of wrongdoing.
Ministers of God should conduct themselves admirably and live above reproach. As a pastor, your life should be a shining light for people to copy. You must lead by example.
Integrity in the ministry is essential to protect the integrity of our message. Some pastors live in fornication, while they are still Ministers of God. Somewhere along the line, the Holy Spirit will surely bring you out and it will be a shame. Sin is a shame; sin is a disgrace and a reproach. This is why the Bible says, now is the accepted time; now is the time for people, especially ministers of the gospel who are supposed to be setting good examples in the faith to repent from their sins and avoid the wrath of God. (Romans 1:18).
The wrath of God will be against anything that does not come from Him, or pleasing to Him. How do I know what is not pleasing to God or acceptable to Him? I have been able to know them by reading the Bible. The scripture says God does want ungodly and unrighteous people in His kingdom.
Some pastors will not want to do what it is right and we keep on drawing their attention to it. We must think right, talk right, behave right, and do the right things to dwell with God.
As a child of God, you must live aright always and if you have not got to that stage yet, you must at least be at the stage where you have to tell yourself that I am a child of God and Jesus dwells in me. You should be able to tell yourself that, I am the temple of the Holy Ghost, my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of life and I will not do what is wrong.
As a man of God, which is another higher step of service to God, you cannot do what is wrong for crying out loud. Why won’t you act right? If as a general overseer or a pastor or the governor of a state, you make up your mind to always deliver a just judgment; why would you then not live aright? The Bible says that he that rules over men must be just and must rule with the fear of God, (2 Samuel 23:3). You have to follow the scriptures.
Today’s Nugget: Ministers of the gospel should live above reproach. Prayer: Lord help me to do what is right. Prayer lines: 08054477940. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Rev. Pastor Ejikeme Ejim, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God, Nigeria.