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Devotional - week of January 20, 2002


ENLARGING OUR CHRISTIAN SERVICE

If then you were raised with Christ … Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:2

Many of us could vastly enlarge our Christian service if we would set our “minds on things above, not on things on the earth.”

Consider the Hebrews 7:25 statement of one thing that is happening in the heavenlies:

He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

With our awareness of this prayer ministry of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will at times lead us to join our Lord in praying for the Christian growth of all believers. The result is the expansion of our Christian service to every nation on earth inhabited by believers.

Read a kindred passage to Hebrews 7:25:

… the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

The broader context of this passage reveals that the Holy Spirit asks the Father to give believers circumstances to bring them into communion with the Father.

We cannot pray for particular circumstances in the lives of others. But under the Spirit’s leadership, we can pray for God to give all believers the circumstances that will result in communion with Him. Such praying will give us a worldwide ministry.

Paul writes of the intercessory work of Jesus. Read Romans 8:34:

… Christ who died … is also risen [and] is even at the right hand of God [where He] … makes intercession for us.

This intercessory work of Jesus is for the inner peace of believers in their circumstances. As the Spirit leads, we can join our Lord in this work of intercession. The result is an expansion of Christian service to believers wherever they might dwell.