“The Ministry: What is the secret of powerful ministry?”
The power in ministry is not found in title, position, or authority, but in love. Love compels
(2 Corinthians 5:14). Love draws men toward God (John 12:32). Love covers over a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).
There are many ways to reach goals and bring about results in church world, but powerful, effective ministry only happens when you do as Jesus did and serve others in love. You may have to get your hands dirty, so to speak, and you will often be inconvenienced in the process.
When Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, he didn’t just perform the action. He explained its significance. As Christ’s ambassadors, we can’t expect those we serve to understand the significance of our service to them or make the connection between our service and God’s love. While believers have the Holy Spirit to help them understand, those who don’t know Jesus yet depend on us to help them (Romans 10:14).
Take every opportunity to share the Gospel, explaining that it is Christ’s love that compels us to serve. If we serve without acknowledging Him who sent us, we bring glory to ourselves, not God.
Respond to the following in your journal:
Are you a good ambassador for Christ? Explain.
What did you learn through Bible study today?
How were you encouraged? How were you challenged?