Tiger In My Tank: His Wonderful Light

I have always believed that every member of the body of Christ has a responsibility to grow spiritually. Every Christian must study the Bible and pray, and then put into action what the Spirit of God has revealed to him through that study and prayer. Christianity is active, not passive.

But some people don't give much thought or effort to growing spiritually. That is the minister's job. Let the minister take care of the messy issues. Let the minister take care of the conflicts. They think we hire a minister to alleviate ourselves of our own spiritual responsibilities and duties.

I do not believe that the Bible is "over our heads" and contains information that only a minister can use. I do not believe that prayer is just some mystical nonsense, so only a minister should rely on it. We are all called to be ministers of God, although we may not all have a Bible degree and title. "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy." (1 Peter 2:9-10)

When I write these articles, I assume that every reader has the desire to become a minister of God, and every reader is looking for training to become a minister. I also assume that each reader knows absolutely nothing, but is capable of learning absolutely everything. What does that mean? I must provide some milk (or soft food) for the babes in Christ. But I must also provide some meat (or solid food) for those babes to work toward and for the mature Christians who can already digest solid food. (Hebrews 5:12-14)

How can our church mature? Don't be passive. Be active. Do not abandon your responsibilities and duties as a Christian by reassigning your responsibilities to someone else. Don't moan. Don't whine. And don't just chant, "I wish things could get better... I wish things could get better..." Instead, truly pray. Communicate with God and face the messy issues and conflicts head on. Set aside your soft food and reach for something solid. Be a Bible student! Be a prayer warrior!! And be a minister of God!!!

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