• 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!

What am I supposed to be doing?

It seems like a rather straightforward question for cross cultural workers.  We would normally answer by using the verbal equivalent of our role.  What am I supposed to be doing?  Church planting, discipling, translating the Bible, or teaching, for example.what-am-i-supposed-to-be-doing

However, what if we tried to answer the question by ‘keeping the end in mind’?  In other words, what if we responded to the question by focusing on the longer term objective?

The World Team Ministry Framework puts it this way: “reach, invest in, and equip others to release them into ministry”.  That’s what I am supposed to be doing every day as I work as a church planter, discipler, Bible translator or teacher.  I am supposed to be raising up another corps of committed followers of Jesus who will join in ministry.

Two outcomes come quickly to mind.  First, the ministry is a shared activity.  We as cross cultural workers are only one part in much larger plan God has to ‘multiply’ His people around the globe.  Our role may be one of a church planter, but our longer term objective is to raise up other church planters.  Second, I will have to ‘stand to the side’ from time to time to let others be launched into ministry.  Just as someone did for us, we need to platform, support and encourage others into ministry which will mean letting others do the ministry in our place.

Perhaps this is one of the long term outcomes John was referring to when he wrote: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”  (3 John 4)

4 Responses

  1. Great thoughts to kick around; what strikes me is the humility it takes to be a good steward of what He gives us. To keep in mind we are but a drop; a link; a piece and not the whole of what God is doing in someone’s life is crucial to effectiveness and bringing Him the Glory.
    Sitting at the lowest seat of the table sometimes….so He can move us up. Doing the very small thing in front of us that is from His hand so that He can be the One people see…..it’s so very hard; yet so very simple and light…being in the Yoke with Christ is death to self….life to our souls! Joy to our hearts! May I follow Him today!

    • Humility is a fruit of this kind of ministry ‘stance’. Humility is never something we can work up, but is rather the fruit of driving the Gospel deeper into our hearts.

      • yes! my comments are not meant to say we “do” humility – certainly a character trait developed by our relationship with Christ, feeding on the Word; and the affections of our hearts being captured by Him…The Gospel.

      • Didn’t even think that Gwen (: Was just reminding myself and others that there are no ‘six steps to greater humility’, rather it’s a process of allowing the Gospel to master our hearts more and more.

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