If we read the Book of Acts too quickly, we will pass over significant details that should instruct us in the way we do missions and the Lord’s work. I had originally intended to jump from the initial relationship between Barnabas and Saul to Paul and Timothy, but there are vital lessons to learn in this journey from Acts 9 to 16.
When the Holy Spirit is allowed to build HIS unity between leaders and workers in ministry (see also Ephesians 4:3), the Spirit makes their work effective in those who receive the gospel and become disciples. Notice how two results go together; “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 13:52). This was the same result in Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 1:6).
Remember that these evangelizing and church planting efforts were very short. Their time in Antioch of Pisidia was only about five months, yet look at the fruit.
What is my point? Unified labor and Spirit filled ministry produces results that is confirmed by the Lord that it is His work. So often mission organizations and churches measure results in the number of converts, churches planted, buildings erected, schools and hospitals built or how much giving has increased. We need to start measuring our ministry by what is going on in hearts and souls. It takes a “Spirit filled” person to measure JOY IN THE LORD!!
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