Elder’s Insight – March 27th, 2017

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Why Do We Minister? – Dave Wood

What do you think about when you hear the word, “ministry”?

  • Work?
  • Obligation?
  • Service?
  • Sacrifice?
  • Time?
  • I can’t do this?
  • This is GREAT!
  • I can’t wait to do this again?

I have recently been doing a study in Colossians, and this question was asked. 

I think it’s a valid question, because all too often, I believe many of us view ministry as a job.  We can become tired in our service, or disgruntled when our motivations are misinterpreted through the filters of other people’s attitudes and biases.  You may want a change, but feel the ministry will die without you, so you keep plugging away.  Maybe you feel no one can do it as well as you, so you assign yourself to the job, sorry, “ministry” and don’t let others become involved.  Maybe you just like the control.  These kinds of things wear us down in ministry and make us ineffective. 

Then there’s the other side of the coin.  Maybe you absolutely love what you’re doing and can’t find yourself in any other capacity.  You receive great joy and pleasure out of the ministry you are doing.  You see results and lives being changed.   You are energized each time you step into the role of your ministry.  Others are energized and come along side.  Your ministry is growing and you’re excited.

I think it all comes down to the question of “why” we are in ministry. 

When the “ministry” becomes about “us”, it turns into something that makes me tired, disgruntled, controlling, and a myriad of other attitudes we may experience. 

Why do you minister? 

When the ministry is about proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ, it becomes fulfilling, satisfying, energizing, empowering, and a myriad of other attitudes we may experience. 

Why do you minister?

We should minister because:

  • It’s the right thing to do. II Corinthians 9:12, “For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.”
  • Christ modeled it. Mark 10:45, “Christ did not come to be served, but to serve.”
  • We want to be Christ like. Eph. 5:1, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.”
  • It’s evidence of our regenerated heart
  • It’s evidence of the authenticity of our faith.
  • It puts our words into action and gives our words credibility.

Paul wrote in Colossians 1: 28 – 29,  “Him (Jesus) we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.  To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.”

Ministry is not about me, the job, or keeping a program alive.  It’s about Jesus Christ.  It’s about Him working in me mightily.  It’s about His priorities. 

Dave Wood

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