EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
DATE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020
TEXT: Colossians 1:28, 29
Key verse: Ephesians 4:7 - But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
The Church of God is one with diverse gifts of the Holy Spirit for individual members of the body, for the edification and profiting of the entire body of Christ. The mineral resources which the Lord has deposited all over the earth, no matter which part of the earth they are discovered are for the use of the whole world and not for that country or region alone.
In the same manner, the Lord has deposited various gifts in the church and whatever the gift, it is for the edification and perfection of ONE church. Jesus is not coming at different times for different church denominations. He is coming once for this one church called the body of Christ. This oneness of the church should open the eyes of understanding of the people and set them free from the grip of denominationalism.
It must be clearly understood that the Lordship of Jesus over His church is incontestable and unchallengeable forever. Any minister that is privileged to be appointed by Jesus over His church is there solely for Jesus. Whatever work he is doing is for Jesus. His commission is to Jesus’ church, not his. As a member of His body, the minister is either the eye or the nose or the ear or the mouth to serve the entire body. The preacher appointed over the church has one goal which is to make the members of Christ’s body righteous and holy and prepare them for heaven.
This must be the motive behind his preaching, teaching, counselling, the books that are published and the messages recorded for people to watch and listen to. It must be the reason why conferences, retreats, seminars, and workshops are organized and invitation to preach and minister in other places are accepted.
The edification of the entire body of Christ must be the motive behind all. Denominational identities should not block the access of people to the teachings of Christ. Denominational sects should not barricade members from the wisdom of Christ being clearly exhibited in the teachings of His word. The wisdom of God for the salvation of the world should not be limited to some denominations only but to every man in the body of Christ.
Thought for the day: Our ministerial service should be for the edification of the body of Christ.
Song for the day: I don’t care what church you belong to....
Bible reading for the day: Isaiah 41-42; Colossians 1
PASTOR PAUL RIKA