Read Ephesians 3:10 and 2 Corinthians 2:14-16.
“So what ministries are involved in?” You know that you’re a Christian- - -and you probably go to a megachurch- - -if this is one of the first questions someone asks you when getting to know you. Many churches seem to have a ministry for everything; on top of children’s ministry, youth ministry, college ministry, women’s ministry, etc. there might be motorcycle ministry, deaf ministry, sports ministry, community issues ministry, classic cars ministry, divorce care ministry, etc. Though I’m grateful for these church’s desire to reach every kind of person for Jesus, the Bible doesn’t seem to compartmentalize ministries in this way. Ministry isn’t something we do once or twice or five times a week for a certain amount of time; for the Christian, all of life is ministry. However that materializes varies according to the gifts and abilities of each believer, but the core life purpose is the same across the board.
Today we are going to look at some glorious passages that give some insight into what your purpose is as a Christian. Spoiler alert: your calling as a believer is huge, even cosmic, and much more glorious than just teaching Sunday School every week and evangelizing on Tuesdays.
You cause the angels to worship God. Ephesians 3:10 gives us a glimpse into this: “through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” “Rulers and authorities” in the Bible usually refers to spiritual powers; often demons, but in this context, angels. Angels are very interested in our salvation (1 Peter 1:12) and in Revelation they join the multitudes in praising God for His redemptive work. The angels have always been able to praise Him for being holy and almighty and great…but now the “manifold wisdom of God”- - -his multi-faceted character- - -has been revealed to the angels as they watch Him look down on depraved sinners with compassion and give His own Son for their sake. The redemption that God works in us results in deeper praise from the heavenly beings!
Your life is a parade of Christ’s triumph. The ESV Study Bible explains that the “triumphal procession” in 2 Corinthians 2:14a likely refers to victory parades common in Rome after a triumphant battle; “God is depicted as the sovereign victor, with Christ as the general, leading the victory procession, and Paul as ‘captured’ by Christ but now joyfully following Him.” We have been graciously rescued from our slavery to sin and now our lives declare to the world, “My heart has been captured by Him!” As we go to Walmart or soccer games or family gatherings, we are joyfully making it known to everyone that Jesus has won us over.
Your life is a fragrant aroma to God and the world. In 2 Corinthians 2:14b-16, we get another beautiful image of what our lives are like. Our “aroma” to God was once pungent (Isaiah 64:6 says our righteousness was filthy rags, after all) but the aroma of Christ has always been sweet (“You are My beloved Son; with you I am well pleased”), and now that we have His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:17), our aroma to God is sweet as well! We smell like Jesus to the Father, and to the world. As it says in vs 16, the smell of Jesus is not sweet to those who are spiritually dead and hateful towards Christ, but to those who will believe the aroma of Christ is attractive and leading to eternal life. As it says in 2 Corinthians 5:20, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” He allures those are not-yet-His-people to His beauty and grace through us.
What part of your cosmic, eternal, glorious ministry as a believer is particularly exciting to you?
How does this change your daily life?
What is one verse you can be thinking about today?
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