Devoted to the Ministry of the Saints


 (1 Cor. 16:15)
    
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were all “addicted” or “devoted”  to serving one another?  This is the very thing that the Apostle Paul encouraged the church at Corinth to be.  The Greek word translated by the KJV as “addicted” is tasso, which literally means “to arrange in an orderly manner; assign or dispose to a certain position; addict; appoint; determine; ordain; set” - ( Strong’s Heb. Greek Dictionary).   Most translations render it as “devoted themselves”  (NKJV, ESB,  NASB, NIV, etc.) “set themselves” (ASV); “Given themselves.” (NCV).
1 Corinthians 16:15-16 ( KJV ) ¹⁵I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) ¹⁶That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.
If a person is going to have any addiction, this positive disposition to serve one another goes to the very heart and soul of New Testament Christianity.  It is said of ministering to one another that when we do so we are fulfilling the Law of Christ –  Galatians 6:1-2 (KJV) ¹Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. ²Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Thus we are encouraged to do good to others as we have opportunity – Galatians 6:10 (KJV) ¹⁰As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faithd.”  If we are addicted to the ministry of the saints, we are more likely to utilize our opportunities to fulfill the law of Christ!
John writes that this attribute is a way of knowing whether we actually have the love of God in us:1 John 3:16-17 (ESV) ¹⁶By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. ¹⁷But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
If we are devoted (addicted) to the ministry of the saints, it is a positive sign that we are truly the children of God!   God intends for members of the body to be concerned for one another - (read 1Cor 12:24-27).  For the body to grow as it should, every member must do its part –  Ephesians 4:15-16 (KJV) ¹⁵But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: ¹⁶From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
If we are addicted (devoted)  to the ministry of the saints, we will do our part in the body of Christ!  In the words of a great hymn: “How sweet, how heavenly is the sight, when those that love the Lord in one another’s peace delight, and so fulfill the word.  When each can feel his brother’s sigh, and with him bear a part; when sorrow flows from eye to eye, and joy from heart to heart. . .

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