Your Ministry Is Important!

September 2, 2016

In the day to day grind of ministry it is easy to forget what we're all about.  If we are not careful we can become so consumed with administration, visitation, sermon preparation, making phone calls, sending emails, and the like, that we miss the BIG picture!

Sometimes we need to push pause, step back, take a breath, and remember some important truths. 

We exist for the Glory of God.  
We pastor for the Glory of God.  
We minister for the Glory of God.  

It's all about Him!  It's all for Him!

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31

If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God.  If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.  1 Peter 4:11

If we're not careful ministry can suck the very life out of us.  It can blind us to our purpose.  It can even steal our identity!  We can forget that while we are pastors, we are also persons.  

No wonder so many are burning out of the ministry.

We forget just how important our ministry really is.  We get so overwhelmed with the challenges and problems of ministry that we are underwhelmed by the glorious calling upon our lives.  We forget that God has called us and tasked us to help shepherd His people.

Remember how excited you were at your first ministry assignment?  

Perhaps it was teaching a Sunday School class, working with the Youth Group, maybe just cleaning the bathrooms - it didn't matter what you were doing, as long as you were serving Jesus.  

But what about now?  Are you still excited?  Are you still joyful?  Are you still laboring out of a heart of love?

If not, it's time to stop, fall on your knees, and make a fresh surrender of your life.  To thank the Lord that He has placed you in ministry.  To thank Him that He has entrusted you with the care of precious souls.  To thank Him that you get to do what you dreamed about doing so many years ago - you get to minister!

So make sure you always remember that Your Ministry Is Important!  

It has eternity written all over it.

A Prayer For Our Journey

September 1, 2016

An opening prayer as we launch this blog for the Glory of God

Dear Lord,

I refuse henceforth to compete with any of Thy servants.  They have congregations larger than mine.  So be it.  I rejoice in their success.  They have greater gifts.  Very well.  That is not in their power nor in mine.  I am humbly grateful for their greater gifts and my smaller ones.  I only pray that I may use to Thy glory such modest gifts as I possess.  I will not compare myself with any, nor try to build up my self-esteem by noting where I may excel one or another in Thy holy work.

I herewith make a blanket disavowal of all intrinsic worth.  I am but an unprofitable servant.  I gladly go to the foot of the class and own myself as the least of Thy people.  If I err in self judgment and actually underestimate myself I do not want to know it.

I purpose to pray for others and to rejoice in their prosperity as if it were my own.  And indeed it is my own if it is Thine own, for what is Thine is mine, and while one plants and another waters it is Thou alone that giveth the increase.*


*A W Tozer (Ron Eggert), Tozer on Christian Leadership: A 366-Day Devotional (Camp Hill, PA: Christian Publications, Inc., 2001), October 31 devotion.
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