“My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before him and serve him, to minister before him and to burn incense.” – 2 Chronicles 29:11
Been really struck recently about how EVERY Christian is called to be a leader, a minister – ‘Senior Pastor’ of their world. It’s a mindset change that is necessary for the people of God to get out of child mode and into maturity mode!
A few notes out of this verse:
* Ministers stand before God. They hang around him and are ready to do His bidding at a moments notice. They live as servants firstly of God. They belong to Him.
* Ministers minister to God. Not for Him but TO Him. His pleasure and delight is the focus of their ministry. They give their devotion and affection to the Lord.
* Ministers minister with a sense of God’s closeness. They minister ‘before Him’ – although their ministry may be to people, their eyes are firmly fixed on God. They live for the applause of One.
* Ministers burn incense continually. Incense speaks of prayer. They live with a continual connection with God. There is always a sweet fragrance coming off their lives.