“Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.” (Acts 13:1). There are several listed in this single verse. Each had unique gifts, contributing to the ministry in their own way, but they were working together to accomplish their goals. Each was needful and necessary in the work. I know that is very simple, but I fear we lose sight of that truth many times. None of us are the same. We are all unique, possessing different gifts and abilities, but the labor we are engaged in requires a cooperative effort.
As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. Here we discover some detail regarding the activity of the church. We find that they were ministering to the Lord. That simply means they were engaged in the work of ministry. They were busy for the Lord. They were not content to sit idly by waiting for others to come to them seeking to know of Jesus; they actively engaged their community with the Gospel. They had received their commission and they sought to fulfill it.
ministry. We will never fulfill the Great Commission, reaching others for Christ, and impacting lives
if we are not willing to labor for the Lord. If we are to endeavor to turn the world upside down for
Jesus, it will require some old-fashioned work. We must be willing to roll up our sleeves and get
busy. There is much to be done. This community may not know it, but they are depending on us. If
we don’t reach them who will? God blesses active churches. If we want to receive His blessing
and help, we must ensure that we are busy in the work He has called us to!