In a previous blog post I listed 6 ministry objectives leading to greater effectiveness. Let’s now consider why I believe these objectives would make a difference.
1) Objective: Invest much prayer into whatever you do.
You are depending on God and not yourself to bring results which is guaranteed to make a difference.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Prov. 3:5-6)
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. (1 Cor. 3:7)
2) Objective: Work at getting everybody involved.
You are following God’s design for the Church out of which He brings growth.
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:16)
3) Objective: Think outside of the box. Learn to be more creative.
You are following the example of Jesus. How can you go wrong doing that? We have precedence with Jesus of working outside of the box as seen in a previous post.
I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (Jn. 13:15 – He stepped outside of the box in doing something not typical for His position.)
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. (1 Pet. 2:21-23 – He suffered because He wouldn’t stay in the box.)
4) Objective: Make an effort to meet people where they are.
You are following the Apostle Paul’s example in 1 Corinthians 9:19-22 which was with the intent of reaching more people. Also, you are obeying the greatest commandment which is to love (Matt. 22:37-40).
I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. (1 Cor. 9:22)
5) Objective: Know where to find resources that will help you be more effective.
You are allowing God to use other believers in your life which follows the the concepts He established of iron sharpening iron and interdependence within the Body.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Prov. 27:17)
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” (1 Cor. 12:21)
6) Objective: Be good stewards of the resources you do have.
You are doing what is right, investing what God has given you, and He rewards that.
Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness! (Matt. 25:23)
The bottom line is that God works within and honors what He has established and commanded. Follow objectives that line up with Him and see the difference it makes.