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“You are our witnesses, and so is God, that our conduct towards you who believe was pure, right and without fault”.
1 Thess 2:10 GNB
The sincerity of a minister of God should be evident in the selfless way in which he works for his “flock”. “In 1855 when Ivan Sergiev took up his appointment as a priest in Kronstadt (near to Leningrad in Russia), he found himself among many petty criminals and down-and-outs. Daily he went to their wretched dwellings to talk to them and comfort them. He gave away all he had, so that many a time he would come home minus some of his clothes, or even without his shoes. He established workshops and an orphanage, and daily would feed up to one thousand destitute people. His was certainly ‘the kind of religion which is without stain in the sight of God’” (The Soldier’s Armoury, 1979, p118). Ivan Sergiev created integrity by the strength of his faith and by his caring and compassion.
The three apostles who brought the gospel to Thessalonica in the first century also established credibility by the nature of the gospel they proclaimed and the lives they lived which were open to the whole community to see. After a while, members of a congregation can tell whether a minister of God is acting in the interests of the people he is serving or is championing his own cause first and foremost. Likewise, the Christian believers can help, guide and influence their ministers by their prayers and by their loyal support. The passion with which they serve their church, inspired by Christ and the Holy Spirit, can make the difference between a going and growing church and one that merely maintains its witness.
Lord, help our believers and ministers to work for your glory.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Lord God, be with the managers and staff of all supermarkets at this time of the year. Help them to cope with the pressure and strain of the extra shopping people do. Enable them to look forward to a good rest when the season is over. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN
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