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Friday, 8 September 2017

Winning Wisdom: Ministry or Duty?


Topic: Ministry or Duty?  [Friday, 8th September 2017]

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. - 2 Corinthians 1:4

We all go through tribulations in our lives, and learn one or more lessons from such tribulations, which come in handy when we meet someone going through the same thing. It is common now to find believers turning this sort of comfort to ministries, reasoning thus “I lost someone very dear to me, it is therefore my ministry to help people that have lost those dear to them”. Truth be told, if we all turn our tribulations to ministries, then we’d each have so much ministries, that we can’t count.

Our anchor scripture tells us that we were comforted by God through our tribulations, so we can comfort others going through the same thing. Not so we can turn them to ministries. Imagine that Paul had turned his blindness on the way to Damascus to a ministry. Imagine all the good teachings that we wouldn’t have had because he made his tribulation his ministry.

Tribulations are part of the things that come with fulfilling purpose, but it is only a part of it. There are two reasons we face tribulations. The first is that we may be fine-tuned unto perfection. Scriptures say: “my brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:2‭-‬4). The second reason is so that after we have been comforted, we may comfort others. “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God” (2 Corinthians 1:4).

Let’s not erroneously turn our tribulations into ministries, and miss out on the amazing ministry God has set out for us.

Keep winning daily.

Wise Action:

When going through tribulations, and you believe it is for a purpose, seek the face of God as to what is to be achieved through such tribulations.

By Esun Tekeme

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