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.

Related articles
You Have God’s Chisel !
The Will of God: A Portrait of David
The Quest for Purpose: Your Desires
The Quest for Purpose: Your Strengths

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The Will of God: A Portrait of David

Today I will like us to continue our discussions on the will of God with an illustration from the bible. Unlike many of our articles that have scripture references scattered in explanatory texts, this article will be the other way round. We will have short explanatory references and questions scattered in scripture text to stimulate thinking about the will of God. This is to help us understand the working of the will of God with an illustration from the life of David. Enjoy the reading!
2 Samuel 5: 17 – 25 (Net Bible)

When the Philistines heard that David had been designated king over Israel, they all went up to search for David. When David heard about it, he went down to the fortress. 5:18 Now the Philistines had arrived and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. 5:19 So David asked the Lord, “Should I march up against the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” (How do we react when the line of action in a situation seems obvious, do we ask the will of God or choose our own mode of action?) The Lord said to David, “March up, for I will indeed hand the Philistines over to you.” (Though the Lord might give us obvious answers sometimes, other times his answer might just be the opposite)


5:20 So David marched against Baal Perazim and defeated them there (Do we act on the will of God with confidence in him?). Then he said, “The Lord has burst out against my enemies like water bursts out.” So he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.(Do we remember to give the glory to God for the victories?) 5:21 The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men picked them up.

5:22 The Philistines again came up and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. 5:23 So David asked the Lord what he should do (When the situation seems familiar do we still ask the will of God?). This time the Lord said to him, “Don’t march straight up. Instead, circle around behind them and come against them opposite the trees (God might just have a different ACTION PLAN!). 5:24 When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the trees, act decisively (And a different TIMING for the action plan to unfold). For at that moment the Lord is going before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” 5:25 David did just as the Lord commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines from Gibeon all the way to Gezer (When we act because God is acting, our victory is extensive and resounding).

I hope the Holy Spirit inspired you to receive in-depth understanding of our case study illustration. Remember to leave your comments, we cherish them a lot and do not forget,

The will of God in every situation consists mainly of three parts, the declared will (what), the action plan (how, who, where) and the timing (when).