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.