2 Tim. 1:7,9 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but of spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline
Practical Christianity is a layman’s ministry. We are to bear the message God’s word or the Good News; and as any messenger we must ensure our credentials are in order. We are messengers of God in a sense. Practical Christianity is where we balance our priorities and commitments to our family with those of the world. We have a family and a steady job and serve our community in sundry manner. But as empowered by God we have a duty to God to honor him. In our relation to God we are acknowledging his all-encompassing sovereignty over us. Does the blood of his Dear Son mean to us something or not? Is it a pearl beyond compare that we are ready to organize all our components: abilities, time energy to reveal its significance in our lives. We have possessed it but do we keep it? We have the pearl but are we better for it?
As a layman I am called to bear in my life the power of God. You and I are saved by the love of Christ and it is how we demonstrate we are Christians in our love for our brethren. As we have received so do we give when time calls for it? How good is a timely word? (Pro.15:23) Our words are like bills we tender and backed by deeds. Merely words are like duds that cannot amount to anything. Christian love and action take our ministry to its highest level. We are like the faithful and good stewards mentioned in the parable of Jesus. Mt.25:23 An ability to speak and refresh drooping spirits is from the Sovereign Lord.(Is. 50:4)
St.James writes about those who listens to the word but does not do what it says.(1:22-23) We need to fix ourselves what we are and self-discipline is cultivated on daily basis so we know whom we have believed and of our power we are confident. Power is from God and love is what we reveal in our ministry. What we need to do is acquire self-discipline. Be not entangled again in the yoke of bondage(Gal 5:1) St. Paul’s warning to the Church of Galatea is still relevant. In ministering to the needs of the world we ought to be wary that we are not swept away by any ‘false’ love and it begins as a sympathy for the suffering; by putting ourselves in their plight we may get caught up in the current of their circumstances into areas which are not our proper sphere of action. We are there to share their burden in such a manner to help them find succour and not redress the injustice or social balances that cause it. Leave what is God’s sphere of action to him and concentrate at personal level what we can do. Our attitude ought to be as ‘unprofitable servants’ and we have done only what we were required to do as his messengers.(LK17:10) Our lay ministry need to be profitable for others and not for ourselves and we need not seek praises of men as some kind of reward. Wisdom shall indeed be justified of his children (Lk 7:35) when we have fixed in our earthly ministry something of that spirit that animated Jesus. I in him, and in God, is unity where I am fitted as part of his body. But to be sustained by the mind of the Son is to have the mind of Father as well. That would mean a living organism. Would it not? Thus the power of God means to be alive while in corporeal body as well as out of it.