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Making an Effective Minister

Introduction:

God’s word calls itself many things. The one I come to appreciate more and more is that the word is a mirror”, James 1: 23. The Bible doesn’t talk audibly , but it does reveal what is true not what might be.

An effective worker has four priorities as listed in 1 Tim 4:13-16.

 

1.  Public Priority (1 Tim. 4:13):

Anytime a worker stops reading the word, he/she needs to step aside.

Check yourself in these areas:

  • Character: Do I make decisions based on what’s right or what’s popular? (Acts 26:19).
  • Change: Do I behave differently according to who I’m with?
  • Credit: Do people see more of God than of me?
  • Diligence in service – Pro. 22:29
  • Channel: Is God working through my life to change others? (1 Cor. 2:2).

 

2.  Spiritual Priority (vs. 14)

Your department, church health is linked to the exercise of your gifting.

Is my personal walk with God up to date? If that question doesn’t prompt a quick yes, you’re getting close to the edge!  (Isa. 52:11)

You must be consecrated and holy – Rom 12:1; 1 Pet 1:15-16

Are you asking yourself the critical questions?

(a) Why am I doing this? (1 Sam 2:3).

(b) How should it be done? - The danger of presumption is ever present.

(c) When should I do it?  - Aggressive leaders, like Abraham, have a tendency to run ahead of God and produce an Ishmael.

Am I sensitive to what God says through others in the Body of Christ?

 

3. Emotional Priority (vs. 15, Heb. 12:2-4 TM)

Do it with your whole heart, enthusiastically, full of energy and Passion!  Rev. 3:15.

 

4. Personal Priority (vs. 16).

Have you stood in front of a full mirror lately?  Pay close attention to yourself.  Are you eating properly?  Are you getting proper rest?  Holding a grudge?  Are you out of balance, pay attention to yourself?

God wants you to know that if you don’t take a break, you won’t get one. We feel guilty resting because there’s just so much to be done. (Mk. 6:31-32).

No time to eat?  No time to take care of yourself?  (Mk. 11:30).

The crowd did not set His agenda His father did (Jn. 5:19-20).

 

Conclusion

An effective worker in the final analysis is accountable.  A person who is accountable has four qualities:

(i)  Vulnerability

(ii) Teachabiliity’

(iii) Availability

(iv) Honesty.

Paul confronted Peter.  Samuel confronted David.  Who confronts you? They will help bring perspective, wisdom, and keep you on track.

PASTOR JAMES FADELE

CHAIRMAN, RCCG, NA BOARD OF COORDINATORS