Tuesday, August 18, 2020
The Greek word translated "ministering" in Acts 13:2 is the word leitourgeo, from which we derive our modern word liturgy.
The original word referred to someone who served the state or assumed an office voluntarily, without pay to render public service to the state and/or community - one who "ministered" in an official capacity.
Only later did the word liturgy come to be primarily used with reference to church-related positions and activities. What a wonderful thought - that public servants perform a liturgy on behalf of the community.
And many think that public service is a dirty game - it isn't, but politics is. Governing is of God (Romans 13) while the world and its systems (including politics) is of the god of this world - the Adversary (Satan). 1 John5:19. Sounds far-fetched I know, but in the spiritual realm where life is really orchestrated, it's true.
We don't have a clash in the public arena between elephants and donkeys but a clash of kingdoms - The Kingdom of Light and the kingdom of darkness. The trouble is, many of the Kingdom of Light are under the influence of the kingdom of darkness and don't even realize they have switched teams. Still professing to be light, but have not the power of light because they no longer have the power that is behind the light.
Such is evident in how those who serve relate to people, speak to and about people, express their thoughts toward people, and their actions for and against people.
Spiritual warfare is real and never so real as in the seats of power and authority. This is why the Apostle Paul admonishes us all - and should be especially so for Christ-followers serving in today's environment in the world system of government - "Be strong," Paul said, "in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all the strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies (people), but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places (the powerful evil forces of fallen angels headed by the devil)."
- Galatians 6:10-12 (NLT)
These who are not "flesh-and-blood enemies" are demons over whom the devil has control. They are not mere fantasies - they are very real. We face a powerful army whose goal in attacking those who serve is to defeat us, denounce us, and ultimately destroy us either by way of deception or devastating accusation.
When we profess belief in Christ, these beings automatically become our enemies regardless of what political party affiliation we claim.
As public servants of faith, performing "liturgy" on behalf of the communities we represent, our charge is to be light where we serve, do battle and do the business of the Kingdom of God until we are called home or until Christ returns - whichever comes first - in whatever capacity or office we hold.
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Published on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 @ 4:46 PM CDT