“(God) has judged us worthy to be entrusted with the Good News”.
1 Thess 2:4 GNB
A significant part of the Christian life is coming to know a holy God. When you truly meet with Jesus Christ you cannot but recoil in awe and wonder at his presence. In that act of meeting Jesus many people hesitate because they suddenly see themselves as they have never done before. They realize that they are unworthy to be in Christ’s presence at all. If, later on, they sense that they are being called to some form of service or ministry they again marvel that Jesus has called them – weak, frail, human and inadequate as they are.
It is one of the miracles of the Christian religion that God can come to frail human flesh and entrust the work of commending the gospel to others into the hands of ordinary, struggling human mortals. Usually he doesn’t tap them on the shoulder one day and send them out the next. Those called need preparation, training, orientation, and usually some kind of testing and trial. Often there is “in-service training” as well. Senior and experienced ministers are usually entrusted with the task of approving or otherwise, those being prepared. It is a frightfully solemn task – to authorize other people to take the Good News of Jesus to people waiting to hear – and wanting to know – God. Here Paul carefully chooses his words again. Those humans authorizing others stand in the stead of God – to deem others worthy to handle the deep things of God.
Rejoice that this miracle happens – at the behest of God himself. Pray for those to whom is entrusted the message of God’s truth and who are empowered to point people to Jesus. The responsibility is awesome.
Lord, strengthen and empower those you call to ministry.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Lord, bless the work of all the counsellors who work in treatment centres for people with addictions. When people fail to respond to treatment give those counsellors the determination to carry on. Guide the addicts to “come right” and move on. I ask it in Jesus’ name. AMEN