Merited Ministers

by APC on October 14, 2015

The month of October is a time to honor and recognize the ministry:

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (Ephesians 4:11–12, KJV).

Last week, we highlighted the pastors God has placed in our life. Pastors should be a more prominent spiritual figure in our life because we all need a pastor! But, God knew His people would need edification from more than just pastors—we needed apostles, prophets, and evangelists.

While pastors serve in a more personal and intimate capacity in our life, apostles, prophets, and evangelists are working at a slightly broader level. But, the body of Christ benefits from these portions of the five-fold ministry just as much.

Apostles, prophets, and evangelists are going into all the world to preach the Gospel (Mark 16:15) and are marked with true Apostolic identity. Many of these ministers are present in our churches today, visit our churches, and/or are active in the community, our job, or our institution of education.

God gave apostles, prophets, and evangelists to help the church: (1) learn the Word of God (John 21:15–19), (2) be aware of God’s presence (John 15:27), (3) embrace sincere worship (Jeremiah 7:1–11), (3) warn of divine judgment for our wrong doings (Jeremiah 36:30–31) and in the case of our prophets, (4) reveal important future events (Jeremiah 30:1–3). This list is nowhere near exhaustive enough of the multitude of ways these roles minister to the church!

These ministers, like our pastors, spend much of their time in prayer and fasting and have a keen ear to hear the voice of God. They are obedient to deliver messages to the church that are not only difficult for them to speak but also for the hearers (the church) to receive. Ministers are constantly in season (II Timothy 4:2) and ready to be used by God on a moment-to-moment basis.

While the church seeks revival, our ministers are the ones seeking God to use them bring that Spirit! Our ministers bear the burden of reviving the saints—true to their purpose of edifying the church. Many of these ministers spend most of their time on the road traveling from church to church, and do not have many conveniences we take for granted. They also sacrifice time with friends and family to do a work for the Lord.

While some are local to our church, there are ministers fulfilling a missionary role to the remainder of the country as well as abroad. They put themselves in danger taking the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth (Acts 1:8). They know what it’s like to sacrifice their time, money, and energy just to see a soul saved—providing a way for someone to hear this beautiful truth and have an opportunity at making heaven.

Just as we are blessed to have a pastor in our life, we are blessed for the apostles, prophets, and evangelists that God has placed in our lives. They are a gift we do not take enough time to thank God for or even the individual operating in that particular ministry. Let’s take time this month to appreciate the apostles, prophets, and evangelists who’ve blessed us tremendously!