I’m taking a class called Vocation of Ministry this semester. It is one of those worldview classes, as they are hoping that we can enter the ministry with some certain essential character traits. It is also one of those dreaded require classes, so there is some resistance to the class, where some of the people have already tackled this issue for themselves, but Dr. Seamands said something interesting today and since I know many who read this blog are Christian leaders it is worth sharing.
Oswald Chambers said, ” Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him…The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God, not a a call to do something for Him.”
The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him!? Have you ever thought about that? But I bet many of us can agree with the statement. I remember times when I have been so busy trying to do stuff for God that I neglect my time with God. I’ve been too busy to pray. Oh what a tragedy when that occurs because as Dr. Seamands reminded us today in class, “There is a big difference between being productive and being fruitful.” We have “done” ministry out of our skill set, and not out of the Spirit.
This is not what God has intended for us. God has intended for us to serve out of the overflow of our life, not out of emptiness. It is only when serve in that manner that we are truly doing ministry, but more importantly we are centered on the infinite God, who can multiply our “skill set” through the Holy Spirit. So, today take a little time and spend it with the One who first loved us. As The Message tells us in Hebrews 12:3 “When your find yourself flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls.”