Greetings to you, dear friends! Grace and peace to you from Father God and our Lord Jesus Christ!
Today I would like to talk to you about how to enter your ministry. Let’s look at the things that are required to enter one’s ministry.
First, you have to have a desire to serve.
“This is a faithful saying: if a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work” (1 Timothy, 3:1).
If a person doesn’t have any desire to serve, it is very difficult to motivate him. This desire has to be strong enough to move you to action; otherwise you won’t do anything. It is easy to teach and lead a person that has a desire and an interest in something. And it is very difficult to convince and motivate the one who is indifferent. Where does the desire to serve come from? This desire comes from the understanding of God’s will and the purpose of our salvation.
Second, you have to have the understanding of the purpose of ministry.
In order to enter your ministry you need to clarify what is the purpose of the ministry. Why do we need to serve? There are several reasons of why it is important to serve. Here are some of them:
- To realize God’s potential in you.
God has given each one of us particular talents, gifts and wonderful potential that He wants us to use for the building of His Kingdom. We won’t ever be able to develop this potential and to grow if we don’t start serving. We will hear how God works through others and makes history, but we will remain spectators. God has created us to be participants, not spectators. He is strong and able to work through every one of us if we give Him that opportunity by giving to Him our gifts and talents.
It is unlikely that you will be content as a Christian, if you just sit and watch or even admire others going forward and doing great works. The work of the ministry causes you to grow. If you do not serve, you hide you potential and are in danger to losing it forever (see Parable of talents — Mathew, 25).
- To fulfil you calling in the establishment of God’s Kingdom and promotion of His work in the earth.
You did not appear in this earth by accident. God has a purpose for your life. Heaven was created for earth (Genesis, 1: 14-18); earth was created for the mankind (Exodus, 45: 18), but the man was created for God. Man was created to have fellowship with God and to establish His heavenly kingdom on the earth; he was created to be His ambassador and ruler on the earth (Genesis, 1: 26-28).
“Then God said, „Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth; and it was so. Then God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good” (Genesis, 1:14-18).
«For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: „I am the LORD, and there is no other”» (Isaiah, 45:18).
«Then God said, „Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth”. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, „Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth”» (Genesis, 1:26-28).
God preordained for every one of us to do particular good works. “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).
God wants us to be fruitful and bring glory to our Heavenly Father. Thus, the main purpose of ministry is not just to fulfil our own potential, but to also spread God’s Kingdom on earth, fill the earth with the knowledge of Him, establish His principles in different areas of life and society and win people for God.
Tomorrow we will continue what else is necessary to enter one’s ministry.
Pastor Rufus Ajiboye