To what, or to whom, do you seek to align ministry? Using our own limited understanding as the standard, or merely following secular business practices, tends to keep ministry on the temporal rather than eternal plane. Aligning with God, however, takes us beyond what we can ever imagine. He reminds us that "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isa. 55:8-9).
Lest we despair that we could never get it right, let's remember that He helps us know His ways through His Word, His Spirit, and through His Son. "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being" (Heb. 1:3). While Jesus is so much more than just a good example to follow, looking at His life teaches us a lot for He "did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mk. 10:45). Here are a couple of new posts encouraging us to be Christ-like in our ministries:
In God we find more than just a Standard against which to align ministry. In Him we also find our Source of strength and power to be effective. Spiritual gifts are one way He empowers us. Yet, even when in situations for which we aren't gifted, we can look to Him for "His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life" (2 Pet. 1:3). When we find Him to be our all-in-all, we'll want to exclaim with the Apostle Paul, -- Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Eph. 3:20-21)
Yours in His service,
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