To do ministry God’s way, we must not only “do” ministry in alignment with Him, but we must also “be” in alignment with Him. Being God’s servant requires ministry qualities He views as important.
Ministry Qualities Defined by God, Not the World
The world tends to look at the outer, more measurable qualities. How educated or skilled are people? Do they exhibit an intellectual prowess? Are they achievers? How sophisticated or mannered are they? Do they look the part?
However, “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). To God, who we are matters more than what we do. God cares about what’s on the inside, not mere external conformity.
- Being Versus Doing: Which is most important in ministry?
- What Really Matters in Ministry?
- Who We Are Affects How We Serve
- Why Don’t We Get That It’s About the Heart?
Ministry Qualities That Lead to Fruitful Ministry
Fruitful ministry doesn’t result from our skill-set, training, intellect, social-standing or any other earthly criteria. — “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.” (1 Cor. 1:26) We have no room to boast about having such qualities.
Fruitful ministry comes from who we are in Christ (Jn. 15:5), from His divine power at work in us to enable us to be who we need to be (2 Pet. 1:3) — exhibiting godly characteristics (2 Pet. 1:5-8), the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). — “For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet. 1:8)
- At the Core of Serving
- Ministry Objective: Not Mere External Conformity
- Your Walk with God: An Integral Part of Your Ministry Profile
- Walk with God: Being AND Doing
- Devotional Guides on Walking the Walk
Lots of Important Ministry Qualities But One that Matters Most
We can look at Christ-like qualities like humility and servanthood.
Such qualities, as well as many others, should be found in those who serve the Lord. But, God identifies one trait as most important — love. Without love, all of our ministry efforts are nothing (1 Cor. 13:1-3). When we love, the other needed qualities tend to be there as well.