As Christian‘s it’s high-time we take poop or get off the pot! Just like there’s no such thing as being a little-bit pregnant, “there’s no such thing as little-bit of a Christian.” That applies to leaders and followers alike. Luke 10:2 drives home a very important message on this subject.
“God‘s trying to tell us something!” In fact,He’s almost painting a picture in this scripture.
For those who find scripture a little to complicated, I’ll define Luke 10:2 like this; “too many chiefs and not enough Indian’s.” As the scripture says, “the worker’s are few”
But, I’ll bet most of you think I’m talking about lay people? News flash…I’m not, now. Over the last decade I couldn’t help but notice religious leaders re-defining their responsibilities as preachers. This happened when the church got in bed with the world. As leaders, many did away with developing strategies to grow congregations by preaching the unadulterated Word. Because they got detoured, tempted and amazed by Satan‘s gifts, they sold out. Offending members by preaching truth became unpopular; and finally something had to be done! I mean something had to go away…if the church wanted “big baller’s” to keep funding worldly lifestyles of select church leaders and members. In these situations, the most effective and quickest way to avoid losing folk, was to let them go by the wayside, in exchange for their offerings and tithes. “How could this happen, you say?”
In the Book of James, we learn about double-minded people. Maybe you know one or some…Better yet, if you’re honest; maybe that was once you, like it was me. You know, burning the candle at both ends. Double- minded people are spiritually unstable, but usually don’t know it. Doubter’s are also seen as double-minded in God’s sight, because they say they believe, but doubt at the same time. Lack of faith, is doubt’ in the worst way.
“Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.” Acts 6:3 ESV
Full of spirit and wisdom? Seven good men…..This thing called, “a calling is no joke!”
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, Romans 1:1
“Called to be an apostle, set apart; God doesn’t just call anybody. He carefully selects leaders and followers.” You don’t have to be a bible scholar to know, God wouldn’t call on people to lead his people, who wouldn’t have the time or willingness to do so.
Furthermore, Christian’s must intentionally seek Christ; not out of an anxiousness reap personal rewards. Be anxious for nothing…..nothing! Believe and you shall receive, in due time….
Restlessness is another characteristic of a doubtful person. They are just uncomfortable in their own surroundings, or skin. Where is all this headed? Basically I’m taking a good look at various short-comings many leaders have. After carefully reviewing them, I’m forced to ask; “can somebody lead God’s people effectively if they lack spiritual stability, one-mind and show confusion when delivering God’s Word. Surely, one is truly confused, “if he thinks God’s Word can be altered, in absence of calling out dire consequences as a result.” God doesn’t bless double-minded people.
“To grow a church you need God’s blessings.” Ministering to the Lord’s children requires patience, kindness, unconditional love; knowledge and understanding of the Word. Understanding is key, because God tells us to get understanding, above all else. He knows without it; you cannot reach or teach the people.
When man understands the Word, he becomes a man of God. When God calls one of his children to minister, He equips him with a Holy voice to preach. It’s the voice sheep recognize.
Before a man or woman can preach, they must know how to minister out of love; people from all walks of life.” To minister means to serve, not be served. And’ it takes time and patience to serve. What if you don’t have patience or time for other people? Lord forbid, if you call yourself a leader or disciple!
“even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28
On Christ‘s behalf, preacher’s and all Christians are expected to minister, by meeting people’s needs with love and kindness. God uses the humble as weapons against Satan, by arming them with the Gospel. To conquer Satan, the Word or Gospel must not be altered in any way, or watered down; lest it becomes ineffective. A preacher who does not, cannot or will not minister, is merely a worthless soldier against spiritual warfare.
Everybody Wants To Be a Preacher, “but Nobody Wants To Minister….they just want to wear the uniform.”
Too many have forgotten the price Jesus Christ paid so they could proudly wear His armour. We are all ministers, of one master or another. Ministering for Christ means, you spend every waking moment, ministering to somebody someway. Whether it’s a family member, friend or stranger; praying in silence, feeding the hungry, comforting the grieved or raising up a child or your child in the way he or she should go…”a minister’s work is never done unless, he or she quits the job; opting to work for Satan instead.
I hope this post provokes you to do a self-inventory; it did that for me! Whether you’ve been designated as a leader or whatever; being a Christian means you have a calling to minister to those in need, spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally, and financially.
“if you’re not up to it, leading that is,” then step-down and let somebody on fire for the Lord take your place!