Here are some quick eye-openers about our life and ministry for God. This message was preached on the final day of our Leadership Conferences to remind, warn, exhort and equip the leaders to take heed to their life and God-given ministry.
- Numbers 16:9.
-God judged the sons of Levi, because they despised the ministry He had allotted to them and coveted the priesthood of Aaron.
Today many are attracted by the popularity and want to imitate the false preachers to accumulate wealth by gathering gullible crowds. You should know what is God’s call for you and the specific ministry God has entrusted to you and be faithful in that.
==> DO NOT COVET ANOTHER MAN’S OR WOMAN’S MINISTRY
- 1 Samuel 2:28-30.
-God judged Eli because he preferred and esteemed his sons above the ministry of God.
Many are esteeming their family and relatives above God’s Word and work. The give preference to their own even when they are not qualified or called to take up the place and ministry others are meant to do! Thus causing schisms and infighting in the churches and ministries. There are too many men-pleasers than God-fearing among Christians!
==> DO NOT HONOR PEOPLE ABOVE GOD- HE IS NOT RESPECTER OF PERSONS.
- 1 Samuel 18:22-27.
-God honoured David because he didn’t take promotion lightly. He would rather earn it than take short cuts and get the blessings of God.
Phil. 3:11; Heb.3:1; 2 Tim. 1:9.
God has chosen human vessels to represent Him as His Ambassadors.
It has become easy to start a ministry or desire high position or status in the church and organization. Many despise God-given work and make is a commercial venture bringing bad reputation to the very image of the ministry. Need to maintain the due dignity as God’s Servants and not to stoop so low as beggars to make easy money or desire worldly honors.
==> NEVER TAKE IT LIGHTLY SERVING GOD.
- Acts 20:24.
==> Even Your life should not be dear to you but the ministry entrusted to you.
How are you counting your life? Is the ministry given by God more important to you than anything else? Many use the ministry to enhance their place, position and prospects in worldly life. Otherwise they are not qualified to earn a decent living. So many so-called pastors have left the ministry/church for greener pastures and migrated to better places/countries to enjoy the pleasures of the world in the name of God’s call.
May we count the ministry God has entrusted to us high above everything else and His glory our top priority and lifetime goal and commitment. Amen.