MAKING IMPACT IN MINISTRY II

In our last post, we began a series on how to make impact in ministry. Our focus for this series is to provide important guidelines that can be followed in ensuring that we remain fruitful in ministry and that our fruits remain.
As the bible says,
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pe 1:8).

Beyond the qualities directly pointed to in the scripture above, we will discuss other important qualities as outlined in the bible for effective ministry. We will therefore now move to the second point in our discussion;

2. Be Prepared (Make Your Calling Sure)
As Jesus narrated in his parable; Then he (the king) said to his servants…Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage… But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; … Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth’. For many are called, but few are chosen (Matt 22: 9 -14).
As is revealed in the passage above, it is important to “suit up” for the occasion to which we are called.

Barnabas, an apostle of God, is one man that was evidently “suited up” for the occasion of his call. The bible described him as “… a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith” and by his ministry at Antioch, “a great number of people were brought to the Lord…” and “… the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch”(Acts 11: 22-26).
One key ingredient for Barnabas’ success in ministry was his personal disposition or character; he was a good man. The bible in 1 Pe 1:5 – 7 prescribes certain personal traits that are important for a Christian to fruitful and to make his calling and election sure (1 Pe 1:8 – 10).

In addition to our faith in Jesus, the bible prescribes that …make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love (1 Pe 1:5 – 7, NET bible). Being spirit men, these personal characteristics are essentially spiritual reactions to situations and circumstances around us. It is therefore clear how these personal characteristics are evidently like to the fruits of the spirit which include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. It is therefore clear that;

The fruits of the spirit are the primary indicators of spiritual sustainability

Another very important factor is the gift of the Holy Spirit sent by the father. He is the primary source of equipment and skills in ministry. In addition to being recreated spirits at birth (when born again) and thus must live by the spirit and bear the fruits of the spirit, it is important to be guided by the Holy Spirit throughout our lives as Christians. The Holy Spirit is the instructor of the spirit life and the seal of our salvation. Additionally, the Holy Spirit when he comes upon you for ministry endues you with the power necessary for living your authority in Christ Jesus. The power supplied by the Holy Spirit is manifested in the form of gifts. The gifts of the Holy Spirit include, message of wisdom, message of knowledge, faith , gifts of healing, performance of miracles, prophecy, discernment of spirits, speaking of different kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues (1 Cor 12: 8). The gifts serve as tools through which we make our calling or ministry functional and thus accessible for the building up of ourselves and those around us (1 Cor 14:4).


Being prepared for ministry therefore essentially refers to nurturing the fruits of the spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that we can move from one glory of manifestation onto another for the perfection of ourselves and the Saints. Nurturing the fruits of the spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit involves primarily employing effective and efficient study of the word, prayer and fasting. In our next post, if the Lord permits, we will move to a third guideline in our series Making Impact in Ministry. God bless you and do not forget to leave your comments and contributions.

MAKING IMPACT IN MINISTRY I

Hello, fellow gentlemen, I am sure you have followed us for some time in our quest to become. I am also confident that you are well grounded in the fact that the life of a man is made up of three functional fields; his Marriage, his Ministry (purpose) and his Money (career and finances). In our first discussion within the context of ministry entitled “You have God’s chisel!” we discussed ministry as selfless undertaking that is evidently inspired by the Spirit of God and that leads to glorious results in the life of people and society at large. We also stressed the fact that all men have a purpose and thus a ministry and that starting the fulfillment of your ministry could begin with as simply as starting a blog with the idea for only one post. We also added that it is important that a man identifies and pursues his ministry. Finally, we concluded that,

Ministries are the chisels with which God carves his glory out of the lives of humans.

In this article, I will like us to discuss how to make impact in ministry. In other words, how to make sure that your work for God is fruitful and that the fruits of your ministry remain. I will therefore like to share with you some truths I encountered in the word of God for making impact in ministry.

1. Be appointed
As mentioned earlier, ministry refers to your purpose and your purpose is determined by God. The first step in making in making true impact is in ensuring that you are into what God has appointed you for. This specifically begins with identifying your purpose, the reason for your creation, the need you have been created to satisfy or in better words the need that God has chosen to satisfy through you. This identification of purpose reveals the appointment that God made of you before you were born, like the appointment of Jeremiah the prophet (Jer 1:5). The purpose of God for your life, like his will, has three main components; the declared purpose (what), the action plan (how, who, where) and the timing (when) [click here to go to detailed article on the will of God]. Being appointed is about identifying the declared purpose or the “what” of your ministry. It refers to for example asking God, what did you create me for? It is therefore important to be in constant and patient communion with God to understand the perfect will of God for your ministry.

There are however different ways by which you can identify the purpose of God for your life. As discussed in my book “The Extraordinary Gentleman: A Handbook for Christian Men”, there are men who receive knowledge of their purpose through dramatically inspiring experiences such as visions and dreams (Gen 37: 5-10; 45:7; Jg 6:11-22), others receive their it by authority received through the laying on of hands (1Ti 4:14), others just see it in the word of God (Da 9:2-27) and are moved to get it done. Yet still, others just have it as a passion for which they feel gifted to pursue (1 Sam 17: 23-54). No matter the way you identify God’s appointment upon your life, it is important to know the perfect will (the declared purpose, the action plan and the timing) of God concerning you purpose. It is the seed for a successful and fruitful ministry i.e a ministry that makes impact. In the next article as God permits, we will move into further discussion as to how to make impact in ministry.

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