"For I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance."
Through the prayers of believers and the unending supply of power from the Holy Spirit, we go from our lives of sin and suffering to lives of righteousness and joyful boldness. For we carry the very message of salvation! Realize your purpose in the church is not your fulfillment. Rather, you are message carriers. You are a disciple – a follower whose life has the precious potential to make more followers.
If you are motivated to build Christ up in the church, take time to encourage and care for those who need to know God better, who need to know what Christ has done for them. Explain the magnitude of Jesus’ love. Paul wasn’t concerned about where his daily bread came from; he knew his True Bread was Christ. Paul wasn’t concerned about whether he lived or died, but only that Christ was preached and that He was glorified. Paul wasn’t hindered by the shortcomings in his character. He didn’t focus on personal holiness or personal fulfillment. He was concerned about living for Christ. Let’s do the same!
Lord, we pray we live for Christ with boldness and joy that comes from knowing you. Make disciples through us.