Isaiah 61:1-3 describes the ministry and the purpose of the anointing of Christ, (Luke 4:16-21) and of his followers. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22) We are anointed, as Christ was, to preach, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance! Our place in this ministry, in this work of deliverance begins with our own deliverance, which certainly includes every thought being brought into the servitude of our Precious Anointed Savior! Thoughts and character surrendered to the authority of Christ equip and prepare us to be part of the work of the Deliverer by being a light and encouragement now, and in the future through the privilege of blessing all the families of the earth from heavenly glory! 2 Corinthians 5:20, 6:1-3; Revelation 1:6; Romans 8:17-21
“Giving no cause for offense in anything, in order that the ministry be not discredited, but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God…” 2 Corinthians 6:3-4 If our way of life does not match the values of our ministry and service to Christ, we can discredit that ministry.
“Therefore if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Now flee from youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:21-22
Our privilege of ministry or service is not real or effective unless we are being molded into the image of Christ in our hearts. We are prepared to be of use to our Master as we pursue faith, love and peace, and as we cleanse ourselves from our old habits.
“You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:14 We are not to just shine the light of the Gospel, we are to reflect the light of the Gospel in our hearts.
Remember the saying: “Preach the Word. Use words if you have to.” Our ministry is powerful in Christ when the Word of God that we desire to share is consistent with how we live our lives.