How Christ-like are you in your ministry and relationships with others?
Defining Christ-like Ministry
John 1:14 says that Jesus was “full of grace and truth.” The more Christ-like we become, the more we too will be filled with both grace and truth. You can’t have one without the other and still have Christ-like ministry.
See the post: Grace & Truth – Not a Matter of Balance
When Christlikeness is Missing in Ministry
Think about it:
- How many church conflicts could have been resolved had grace not been laid aside while speaking the truth!
As long as the church is on this side of eternity, we will experience resistance from time to time. Expect it, even as you pursue the purposes of God. Learn to speak the truth in love to one another. Conflict among brothers and sisters in Christ is Satan’s playground. Let’s be Christ-like with one another.
- How many mishaps or misunderstandings could have been avoided in special activities had both grace and truth been a part of the planning!
Grace finds its expression in the context of relationships so we plan special activities to help build community among one another. Yet, these seeds of grace can be undone if you don’t follow the proper lines of communication and develop policies and procedures to help ensure the safety and understanding of all.
- How many problems could be prevented in the classroom if teachers maintained both grace and truth at all times!
Exercising both grace and truth prevents teachers from being too much of an authoritarian or from being too permissive. Speaking the truth in a discipline situation needs to be accompanied by grace for discipline to have its greatest effect.
Becoming More Like Christ Full of Both Grace and Truth
Have you found yourself in any of the above scenarios where grace was laid aside for truth or vice versa?
Truth: If you want to be Christ-like, you must be filled with both grace and truth in all situations.
Grace: Tomorrow is a new day. God will be sending more opportunities your way to demonstrate Christ-likeness.
Learn from the past and move on.
Church leaders, check out this resource: Steering the Church Toward Christ-like Character Leadership Guide