In my last post I began a musing on the nature of the man that God uses, with the understanding that God can, and does, use many different programs to reach and grow people in the church; yet none of these programs will be truly effective without qualified leaders. Foremost in character, the man or woman that God uses is Holy.
Second, The man or woman God uses is totally dependent, reliant, and trusting in God for it is His ministry.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (NASB95)
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6 There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good
This passage plainly makes clear that every ministry that we might accomplish is of the triune God:
- our spiritual gifts are from the Holy Spirit,
- our ministry in which the gifts are used is from Christ, and even
- the effects of that giftedness, in that ministry, are from the Father.
We must serve God with the understanding that every aspect of ministry from gifts, to effects, are His work. We must completely trust Him to do it through us. And since it is His work we must be careful not to become proud or arrogant as if the results were due to our strategies, programs or great ministry skills.
Psalm 127:1 (NASB95)
Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.
Unless the Lord is at work in our ministry (the church) we are laboring in vain to build anything. If He is not the center of all that we do and the core of all of our ministry, then it won’t last.
Colossians 1:24-29 (NASB95)
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions. 25 Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. 29 For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
Those in leadership ministry should sense that God has called them to do this work. We are made ministers of His Gospel and we are accountable to Him to be faithful with His work. We are to be laboring for His Kingdom using His plan, realizing that we are called of Him to do His Work in His way. That means we are, in every way, completely and totally dependent up Him – not upon our skill or technique.