Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom. (Ps. 145:3)
Your view of the greatness of God is critical to ministry effectiveness. Here is why:
It will affect your confidence level in ministry.
If your God doesn’t seem all that great to you, why not rely on yourself or others to do the work? But, if you do that, don’t expect a whole lot to happen. Ministry accomplished by finite beings, yields little. However, if you view His greatness as so vast that you can’t even begin to fathom it, you will “trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Prov. 3:5). Then you will be able to step out in confidence, knowing that with His wisdom guiding you and His power enabling you, much will be accomplished that will count for eternity.
It will affect your enthusiasm or passion in ministry.
An anemic God doesn’t give us much to get excited about. However, with a God whose greatness can’t even begin to be fathomed, all sorts of possibilities and potential in ministry open before us and that keeps the spiritual adrenaline pumping. This is a God who is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20).
Need a little refresher course on the greatness of God? Perhaps this video of Louie Giglio speaking on “How Great is Our God” will give you some perspective. It will take only about 10 minutes of your time to watch it. (If the video doesn’t show in your browser, you can watch it on YouTube.)