BIBLE READING: 2TIMOTHY 4:5; LUKE 3:23; PSALM 90:16-17; ACTS 13:2
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord Who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.” 1Timothy 1:12(NKJV).
The Lord God Almighty is an Intentional God Who makes and does everything for a specific purpose. In other words, every single person was created by Him for a unique reason and the process involved in accomplishing that purpose is called ministry.
By definition, ministry is simply “the pursuit of purpose” (see Hab.2:2). In order to understand ministry better, it would be helpful to know the difference between purpose, vision and ministry:
•Purpose is the essence of one’s existence.
•Vision is a picture or understanding of one’s purpose.
•Ministry is the actual process of fulfilling one’s purpose.
Put in a different way, everything we do which is geared towards accomplishing our God-given Assignment is actually our ministry. (see Phil.3:12-14). Ministry could also be defined as service towards God and humanity. In other words,anything one does or any vocation one is involved in which neither glorifies God nor edifies man cannot be termed as ministry. The truth is that every genuine minister is a servant because genuine ministry involves service and work (see Matt.12:17-21; Jn.9:4).
One major reason many Christians are quick to shy away from ministry is ignorance of its scope. In other words, ministry isn’t the exclusive responsibility of only the Clergy. On the contrary, the Scripture tells us clearly that the major purpose of the Clergy is “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ.” (Eph.4:12). The onus therefore lies upon all believers to stop being redundant and understand the ministry into which we have been called.
Heavenly Father, we honour You for deeming us worthy to be called into the ministry. O Lord, reveal to us the work You have set aside for us to accomplish that Your Name may be glorified and Your people may be edified in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.