PASTORS CORNER

By Pastor Dwight Diller

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Do you have to be a pastor to minister to others? Absolutely not! Every born again believer is a minister of God and that includes you whether you believe it or not.

Although written with direct application to Israel, Isaiah 61:6 can apply to us as well. There we read: “You will be called the priests of the Lord; you will be spoken of as ministers of our God.”

The Lord our God has called you into the priesthood and according to 1 Peter 2:4-5, we are “being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood.” We call this the priesthood of all believers. As born again saints we are called priests, ministers of our God. If you know Christ as your Savior, then there is a calling on your life to minister to others.

As ministers of our God we need the anointing of the Holy Spirit. In Luke 4:18 we learn that the anointing of the Holy Spirit was upon Jesus Christ and that it was by the power of the Holy Spirit that Jesus “proclaimed good news to the afflicted, release to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and set free the downtrodden.”

If Jesus was dependent upon the anointing of the Holy Spirit in order to minister to people, how much more do we need the anointing of the Holy Spirit as we minister to others.

According to Luke, author of Acts, Jesus confirmed our need of the Holy Spirit in Acts 1:4-5. There we learn that Jesus commanded the disciples to not leave Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. And for the next ten days, 120 believers gathered daily to wait in a spirit of prayer for this promise to be fulfilled. And oh, the difference the Holy Spirit made in their lives and in ministering to others after they were baptized with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.

Listen, we cannot be effective when ministering to others without the power of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, I urge you to say “yes” to the Holy Spirit, so that you are filled with the Spirit. When His power and the manifestations of the Spirit are unleashed in your life, He will make all the difference in: your obedience to God and in your effectiveness in ministering to others. His power will come upon you to minister in ways that you would not otherwise be willing to do or enabled to do.

And if ever there was a time when we as the church needed to minister to others, it is now. There are so many people who are hurting physically, emotionally, and psychologically. We live in a broken world where many have been wounded and live with constant pain either physically or emotionally. Many live with loneliness, depression, and suicidal thoughts. And they need to know that there is hope for them. Therefore, open your eyes and your hearts to those who are hurting and reach out to them with the love of Christ and minister to them under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.