Like a Child Serving His Father

It is good to take a break from all the drama happening in Israel, America and around the world. Be encouraged today.

"Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, 'Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.' Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away" (Acts 13:1-3). Although the church in Israel has grown exponentially over the past 30 years, within the congregations there is still a sense in which the very few faithfully serve the many. For this reason, pastors tend to hold on very tightly to the few people who are actively using their gifts for the edification of the church. In Antioch, however, the early church didn't horde their best workers. They prayerfully sent them out by the command of the Holy Spirit. And the world has never been the same. I wonder what God would do among the nations if the church in Israel would once again prayerfully commit their very best workers into the hands of the Lord and allow him to decide what he wants to send them. "But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition. For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. But you know of his proven worth, that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father" (Phil 2:19-22).

(Devotional courtesy of One for Israel)

We recently introduced you to pastors in Israel who are, indeed, serving the Father and sending their best workers out to do Kindgom work throughout Israel and the world. Pray there are many more who rise up in these difficult times.

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