Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23
What kind of faith would it take for a saint to thank God for you? Have you ever wondered about that. Seriously, think about your favorite ministry in the world: Focus on the Family, Let my People Think, The Bible Answer Man, or about a million others. Now what would be going on in your life for that main spokesman to say I thank God for you?
Now I do not think we should be doing things to get recognition, but it is perfectly fine to be recognized. Paul was probably the most energetic missionary in the early Church, he went all over the know world to spread the Gospel so pretty much every area knew who he was. To be noticed by someone you think is great is some of the greatest encouragement to receive. I know this in my own life. I was recently nominated to be the Elder for our area in our Yearly Meeting, for mosto you that know very little of Friends traditions the Yearly Meeting is like the head of the denomination. There are several Yearly Meetings in the United States, each functions independently of the others, but there is usually some partnerships. The Yearly Meeting is all of the Monthly Meetings meeting together once a year to do cooperative ministry. Ok enough of the lession if you want to know more feel free to ask, but what I am getting at is I was nominated by someone I have the greatest resect for. A pastor who I see as being the ideal pastor. To be nominated as one of elder of an area in which this person was a part of was like being told by Paul that He thanks God for my faith.
How do we get recognized by these saints? The way is to incorporate the mind, body, and spirit in such a way in your daily life that the love of God pours off and out of you. That is why it is important to have a life of prayer. Not because it is a good deed to put on a chart, but it is the way you connect to the mind of Christ. The more connected to Christ the more we reflect His life. Prayer is the beginning of the devoted life, you will burn out in ministry if your prayer life is not developed.
I encourage you all to deepen your prayer life, and consider what type of life would get the saints talking. After that I encourage you to engage in life you are called to.