I am often thinking of the how-to’s in ministry.
In my role of serving in the church, I get asked lots of how-to questions. I think it’s an important part of the ministry and most often it’s the things I enjoy and gravitate to: inviting people to serve, putting events together, spreading the word and invitations, planning, preparing, and getting new things going.
However, I know it’s possible to become so consumed with ministry work that it becomes a distraction from God’s real purpose. His purpose is communion and relationship with people. And out of that relationship comes power, change, and blessing. We don’t strategize our way to more blessings from God – it’s not a political move or maneuvering of any kind. It’s an open heart and willingness to be obedient toward him.
Recently I ran across this little quip in a book:
“God spoke to a well-known minister one time and said, “I’ve seen your ministry; do you want to see Mine?”
God has more in mind for your ministry. Don’t miss experiencing it.
Of course, we want to work hard, be great stewards, and live out our calling. But our ministry must be through our relationship with God. As we stay desperately grateful for God’s grace, hope, and salvation in our lives, we will lead in God’s ministry.
So, here’s a simple prayer: Lord, I want you. I give you my worship and my praise. I set you before ministry and anything else in which I get myself involved. More than success or more opportunities my prayer is for deeper communion and relationship with you. Restore the simple joy of worship deep in my soul. Topple the idols in my life – of fear, pride, of self-sufficiency – and take the throne of my heart. Show me your ministry and send me in your ways, your work, and your direction.