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Making an Effective Minister


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).



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.