10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 English Standard Version
Ministry is not something we do for God, but something we do with God.
The Apostle Paul tells us that it is God who prepares and equips us to do every good work. In one sense, we are not saved by works but we are saved for works. God enables us by His Spirit of grace to be like Jesus who perfectly does what the Father Himself is doing (John 5:19). So that in everything we do and say, we reflect a likeness of Jesus to everyone.
If ministry has become so burdensome and fruitless to you and feel dry about it, it might mean that you have forgotten who you are in Christ. It is important to remember that ministry is not more important than your identity in Jesus. If you allow your identity to be defined by your ministry and not by your relationship with God, it will make you vulnerable to criticism and feelings of failure.
Sometimes believers place a huge emphasis in finding out God’s will because they have not understood they are already in union with the Father. In Him we live, move and have our being (Acts 17:28). Wanting to find God’s will may sound spiritual but it can be less about submitting to God and more about a profession of doubt and unbelief in your life. We are making it more difficult than it needs to be.
Instead of finding God’s will, we need to realise that God is in us and that we are already overflowing with His will. It is God who wills us to act according to His good pleasure. We are not like Gideon who needs to put out a fleece to determine God’s will (Judges 6). We have the Spirit in us revealing the truth of God’s will so that we can love and serve Him as we should.
We have to believe God can speak to us through His Word and we can hear Him in His Word. If you are full of His Word, you are full of His Will. Stop chasing after God’s will and start standing in His presence, confident in your identity in Christ. Know God as He made Himself known through His Son. It is only when we understand our worth to God that we will do His will. Ministry then becomes the best expression of our freedom in Christ because deep in our hearts, we know we were made to do this.
Am I enjoying my ministry, my calling as a child of God to do every good work?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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