What is ministry?
- the work or vocation of a minister of religion
- the period of tenure of a minister of religion
- the spiritual work or service of any Christian or group of Christians, especially evangelism.
Ministry is to be shaped by Christ our Lord. A church shaped ministry has three traits.
- Christ shaped ministry is based on servanthood.
Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. I have become its servant by the commission God gave me…
- Christ shaped ministry is a ministry of the Word of God.
…to present to you the word of God in its fullness— the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.
- Christ shaped ministry is hard work, yet energized by Christ.
To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
Live It Out
- Check your servanthood. Are you fully and completely surrendered to Christ your Lord?
- Check your commitment to the Word. Are you listening to God in his Word daily, weekly, etc? Are you sharing its importance on you with others?
- Check your energy level. Are you engaging the true source of power?