In a previous post about ministry objectives, the following six objectives were listed.
The post drew these objectives out of Matthew 22:37-39 where Jesus identified love for God and love for people as the greatest commandments under which all else comes.
Here are Bible verses that back up ministry objectives based on the Greatest Commandments:
- Keep God first in ministry, not the ministry itself or the people we serve.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matt 6:33)
You shall have no other gods before me. (Ex. 20:3)
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans. (Ps. 118:8)
- Make ministry about loving God and others, not mere activity.
Love the Lord your God with all … Love your neighbor as yourself … All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. (Matt. 22:37-40)
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Cor. 13:1-3)
- Aim at making fully devoted followers of Jesus who love God with ALL of who they are.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matt. 28:18-20)
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” (Matt. 22:37-40)
Above all, love each other deeply … (1 Pet. 4:8)
- Focus on inward change, not mere external conformity.
The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1 Sam. 16:7)
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Prov. 4:23)
As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. (Prov. 27:19)
For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matt. 12:34)
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (Lk. 6:45)
- Make people more important than programs, technology, and methodology.
But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ (Matt. 9:13)
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. (Rom. 12:9-10)
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Pet. 4:10)
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. (Heb. 6:10)
- Guard your own heart and nurture that love for God and people within yourself.
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on … (Deut. 6:6-7)
You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matt. 7:5)
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Cor. 11:1)