Gods Role in Ministry
Have you ever been one of the last people on the playground selected to a team? How embarrassing is that! Why dont the team captains just come out and say "nobody wants you and youre no good." Youre just left standing there, kicking dirt and wishing you could just disappear.
Did you know that God actually chose you to be on His team? He wants you to be with Him now and for all eternity. God tells us in John 15:16 that "you didnt choose me, but I chose you " Doesnt that feel great? It sure beats sitting in the bleachers! God invites us to join Him in His work! Not only that but He also wants us to represent Him to others in this world (2 Corinthians 5:19-20). We are official ambassadors for God!
God Gives Us The Ability And Power To Minister
Can you relate to the following statement?
"I came to you in weakness and fear and with much trembling" (1 Corinthians 2:3). Sounds like a freshman guy thinking about asking a girl for a date. Actually, this is how the Apostle Paul first showed up in a city called Corinth. He was scared! But his fear did not stop him from proclaiming what God had put on his heart. Notice how this verse finishes:
"My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirits power, so that your faith might not rest on mens wisdom, but on Gods power." Paul realized that he didnt have to convince people to turn to God, but that God Himself would do the work. All Paul had to do was open his mouth. Remember these words from Jesus found in John 15:4-5: "No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. I f a man remains in Me, and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing."
God Brings About the Results In Our Ministry
We make hundreds of decisions every day. We pick out our clothes. We decide what we want to eat for lunch, who well hang out with, how well spend our day. We can even infl uence others in their decisions. We can give advice, maybe even convince our friends that our ways of doing things are best. But not so when it comes to telling people about Christ. Although we can tell people about Christ, we cant make anyone trust Jesus.
Paul says it best in 1 Corinthians 3:5-7: "What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God makes it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow." In other words, God uses us as His tools in the lives of people, but only He can bring our work to completion!
Its great to know that the same God who invites us to join Him in His work has given you His power so He can work through you, and is in control of the results! Dont forget, God tells us that there is a deadly serious spiritual war, a competition going on for the souls of people. Thankfully, we are on the winning team! Remember that God has chosen you, and go for it!