Ministry Attitude Adjustment

This week, I’ll thank God for the privilege of being in ministry.

You don’t deserve the gift of leadership; you couldn’t earn it — God just decided to give it to you!

How did God decide to make you a leader? How did he decide to call you into this ministry at this season of your life?

Perhaps, if I’m totally honest, I want to believe that it was touch-and-go, but ultimately God saw how good I was … how intelligent, how godly, how dedicated … and just couldn’t resist me.

But the fact is, God gives gifts to every believer — and we don’t have a thing to say about his decisions.

The Bible makes it clear that when we trust Christ, God gives us spiritual gifts, special strengths or talents or inclinations that enable us to play a unique role in the church and the community. And everybody is unique; God’s design for you will be different from God’s design for me. The gifts he gives to you won’t necessarily be the same gifts he gives to me. 1 Corinthians 12:4 says, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.” Paul goes on to say in verse 11 that God gives these gifts “to each one, just as he determines.”

And it’s not up to me which gifts I get. I don’t deserve a certain gift; I don’t earn a certain gift. God just dreams his dream for you, and he gives you whatever talent or ability you need in order for that dream to come true.

So anything I get to do in his Kingdom is a privilege.

Most of us have encountered at least one ugly attitude in someone serving in ministry — the attitude that suggests “I’m on a mission from God, so don’t mess with me!” But this somehow misses the very attitude that Christ expressed. “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus,” Paul wrote in Philippians 2:5-8: “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!”

Jesus is King. I’m a lowly subject. I have the joy of being involved in his work — but he could just as easily evaporate my role at any moment, without explanation. As a servant, I need to give myself wholly but humbly to the tasks at hand — holding my talents loosely, realizing they’re from God, and that he can use them (or choose not to use them) however Christ, according to his authority, sees fit. If I am thriving in my ministry, it’s a gift! Thank God for the privilege of this unique adventure!

My Prayer for the Next Seven Days… Lord, adjust my attitude. Re-establish your Kingship over my life. Let me see clearly that you are the Master, and I am your subject — serving according to your pleasure alone. I thank you for the privilege of taking part personally in the work you have chosen to do in the world today! Amen.

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About Gary Coiro

Nonprofit & Church Leader Nonprofit Leader and Consultant since 2004, following 15 years as a pastor. Competencies include board development, fundraising, staff development and management, strategic planning, church work, Bible teaching, and capital campaigns. Currently consulting and serving on the Church Ministries Management Team for a large multi-cultural evangelical church.
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5 Responses to Ministry Attitude Adjustment

  1. Peter Ongele says:

    I would not agree very much with you Gary, do you know what, God is the creator of all things and he can make a doomed character to be His tool to work with out looking the previous background. You can’t say, oh am chosen to be a leader because of the good quality God has seen in me; No!!!. This is hidden from our reach, God historically has worked on testimonies of the known good and bad characterized background leaders. You have no righteous qualification to stand before God to be chosen a leader, all is on the mercy of our savior Jesus. Am a christian leader but not on my good deeds but made by God.
    Peter.

  2. Peter Ongele says:

    “Perhaps, if I’m totally honest, I want to believe that it was touch-and-go, but ultimately God saw how good I was … how intelligent, how godly, how dedicated … and just couldn’t resist me.” Hey, was very concerned with this statement. Sorry

  3. Peter,
    I would take a guess and say that you have no idea what Gary has been through that has put him in the leadership role he has now. Even if you did, you can’t know Gary’s heart, for only God knows the heart.

    It is always a puzzle to me why some leaders who are chosen are quiet hard working task oriented individuals with no spotlight on them. While others are the marketing darlings of the religious media. God knows and that is all that matters to me. When I get to Heaven, that may be a question I will ask after I’m there for a while.

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