Understanding Christian Ministry
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;”
1 Timothy 1:12
What is a Christian ministry?
A Christian ministry is about service to God and man! Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour provided the pattern for Christian ministry as He came to serve and not to be served. All through His earthly ministry, our Lord Jesus served His Father by servicing the needs of people. The Bible says, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45
A Christian ministry is not just a job, not a career, but a calling from the Lord to serve His purpose in our world. Ministry is a divine work or assignment to meet the spiritual needs of man. Failure awaits anyone who is not called, chosen or commissioned by the Lord, the Owner and Author of ministry.
Who is qualified to be in ministry?
Every believer is qualified! For instance, the ministry of reconciliation is the business of all believers. “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”
2 Corinthians 5:18
In my book, “The youth God uses” I profoundly stated that everyone can serve, and that one does not have to be a super spiritual giant to serve God and man. After all, God does not need your ability to be in ministry but your availability. God has the duty to empower His chosen vessels. Would you ever believe that an ordinary disciple, Ananias could be used by God? He was not a frontline Apostle! But a devoted and committed disciple of Christ. He was used to heal Paul of blindness. It is excitingly interesting that an apostle-to-be is healed by the ministry of an unknown disciple. You don’t have to be famous or popular! God knows you, and your address! He will use you! These days we look for the mighty apostles to do the remarkable ministry, instead of looking at the Mighty God to do His remarkable ministry through us the ordinary folks.
What is your ministry? What has God wired you or put in you to do or accomplish for Him? If you don’t know, you better ask Him to show you. God who called Apostle Paul and enabled to do great works will do same for you! The Bible says, “And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.”
Acts 21:19
3 facts about your ministry:
1. Fulfilment
You are to fulfil your ministry!
“And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.”
Colossians 4:17
2. Full Proof
You are to make full proof of your ministry!
“But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”
2 Timothy 4:5
3. Excellence
Like Jesus, let your ministry be known for excellence.
“But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”
Hebrews 8:6
I decree and declare that you will be empowered by God to fulfil your ministry in a grand style in Jesus mighty name.
Yours sincerely,
Joe Jesimiel Ogbe