• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Why we get pumped up about our ministry

I can put it in a variety of ways when I write to people. For instance, ‘thanks for praying for our ministry’ or ‘thanks for standing with us as we serve Christ here’. God has given each of us a unique and specific calling to the culture and people where we live and among whom we serve.  There are specific indicators to which we can refer along that journey and that serve as ‘ebenezers’ for us when the days get difficult or frustrating.myworldlogo

And such is the way it should be.

However, our vocabulary can also betray the lurking self-centeredness of our hearts. We can quickly make ‘islands’ of ourselves rather than ‘communities’.  When it is ‘my’ ministry or ‘our’ ministry that we talk about most of the time, we can unknowingly distant ourselves from others who have a similar calling.  We can turn the focus away from Jesus and His mission to ourselves.  We can work to mobilize people only to our small part of the world; to ‘our’ ministry alone.

The Jesus mandate was to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’.  Our call then is first and foremost a call to be part of His community. And secondarily to ‘find our place’ in His missional call.  Working out of that missional call, we plead with others to put their faith and trust in Him.  Working out of that missional call, we call others to join God wherever He may send them in the world.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I get excited when someone I have been talking to about cross cultural work decides to go to another people group, another location or to another team?
  • Do I get excited when those I am discipling decide to start a new work 50 km from our church plant?
  • Do I get excited when others build on and better the work we began?

The answers to these questions will be an indicator of the level of self-centeredness stirring in our hearts. The remedy will come when self-forgetfulness begins to displace that self-centeredness.

2 Responses

  1. Thanks for the reminder that its all about HE, not me!

    • It’s always tough to keep the focus on God which is why we need to be reminding one another more often as to who is the real protagonist in this missional journey.

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