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A Fantastic Pharmacist

July 5

"... ye know the house of Stephanas ... they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints"  1 Corinthians 16:15

"The ensuing addiction began the immediate and ultimate consumption of his life ..."  


Has your work for the LORD ever taken on an addictive tone?  Most of the Faithful, if honest, would have to answer no.  We speak of Christian service in such terms as: duty, burden, labor, sacrifice, and the like; and toss "ministry" into the verbiage only to sanctify it.  "For GOD is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward HIS NAME, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister."  Without question, any effectual ministering involves hard work; but have we not drifted toward the robotic in our day of mass printing and miniscule praying?

"But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints."  An addiction is birthed in some choice we make; and it will necessarily, and soon at that, take on a life of its own.  "And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you ..."  If left to itself, the addiction eventually destroys the life of its own mother; consuming everything in the process.  "And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the HOLY GHOST witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.  But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the LORD JESUS, to testify the gospel of the grace of GOD."  That which made the Apostle Paul so effective, was not his love for people, but his love for GOD; and that not of himself, for: "We love HIM, because HE first loved us."  On that road to Damascus, Paul took just once of the narcotic of the NAZARENE, and was forever hooked on JESUS.  The ensuing addiction began the immediate and ultimate consumption of his life, where the "ministry of the saints" became his drug of choice; and the gospel which he carried to the known world of his day the selling of it.  Does not CHRIST make for a fantastic pharmacist?   

"For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:"

For Love of Country
Jean Jacques Rousseau  (1712-1778)
(French philosopher)
"Where is the man who owes nothing to the land in which he lives?  Whatever that land may be, he owes to it the most precious thing possessed by man, the morality of his actions and the love of virtue."

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