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  • Emily W., Stephen Z.

Serving and Ministering in the Spirit

Updated: Feb 27, 2021

“We need to learn how to serve in the spirit.” In this way, I entered CoC’s social media internship with minimal experience. Similar to how I sometimes go into a conversation unsure what to say, I must rely on the Lord to guide me both in speech and in action. Eventually the Holy Spirit will guide you “according to the inmost feeling,” rather than previous mentality or knowledge.

“I did not know what to minister, simply because I was planning to serve in the spirit.” This quote sums up my approach. By following such a way, one experiences some “anointing” during times of service and fellowship. By forgetting previous knowledge, one may learn to do the work of the Spirit. This requires much exercise to put into practice. Yet we must strive on because—

“Everything we do should minister life to others.” Such is our aim and our purpose: to learn to serve in the spirit. By serving, by coordinating with others, we will be built up together. For the more we serve in the spirit, “the more the church is built up.”

(Quotes selected from Basic Principles for the Service in the Church Life)

- Emily W.

The two-week-long Social Media Internship is wrapping up to an end. Though on paper, staring at a computer screen for four hours every day seemed like a tiring chore for those who have no work experience like me, it turned out to be an exceptionally enjoyable and fruitful experience. Throughout the two weeks, I have worked on writing video scripts, brainstorming Instagram content, designing graphics, drafting emails, and a lot more. Though these are all small tasks, together with every intern’s amazing output we have assembled an extensive and delightful package from social media advertisements to physical gift bags to welcome all incoming students to Cal and invite them to join our wonderful club—Christians on Campus.

More importantly, this social media internship has offered a precious time for us to learn to serve the Lord, not in our natural efforts, but in the newness of our spirit. Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church in Corinth, reminds us that we are “ministers of a new covenant, ministers not of the letter but of the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:6). Praise the Lord that we are ministers of the Spirit! The internship has presented many opportunities for us to put that into practice. In everything we do in our service, even in drafting emails, building an app, or designing Instagram story templates, we are learning to put away our concepts and knowledge, turn to our spirit, and follow the anointing within. In this way, our service of the Lord even in these simple tasks would minister Christ to others. Then while working on these projects, we are constantly coordinating and fellowshipping together, being blended as His Body, learning to limit our natural selves and submit to one another. Through serving in our spirit and in coordination with one another, we are ministering Christ to one another for the building up of the church as His Body.

-Stephen Z.

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