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Underutilized Limbs

Muscle ManI have had the personal experience of being bed ridden and finding that an arm or a leg that was not exercised had quickly lost its strength. Once you have been incapacitated for any length of time, you cannot leap out of bed and immediately walk. You need time before you can hobble, then limp, then step out as before. So it is when evangelism is not practiced by the local church. At first it feels very strange, and the movements tend to be over exaggerated like a toddler learning to walk again, but finally it takes its normal place in the life of the fellowship. We experience fulfilled Christian ministry once again. "Balance" is an important word for the church's activity, and by that I do not mean "compromise." Saint Paul told his assistant Timothy in 2 Timothy 4.5, "As for you, endure suffering, do the work of the evangelist, fulfill your ministry." Note the absence of compromise here even though it means enduring suffering. Some congregations did not know fulfillment in Christian ministry because they leave certain things like evangelism out!

Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin DisraeliBenjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom once wrote, "The great majority of men exist but do not live." It is also true that the great majority of Christian congregations exist but do not live! The Early Church discovered the secret of living and not just existing. It learned to enjoy fulfilled Christian ministry as the Body of Christ.✞

"Fulfilled Christian Ministry"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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