One thing I have learned about preaching and pastoring is that it’s time consuming; that is, in order to be Effective. I have heard some ministers who say “I just show up and open my mouth and the Holy Spirit speaks through me.” Yeah, right; I can tell the ones who do that, not long after they open their mouth. I will say it again–effective Ministry takes time.
These days, we must be careful to not become so Busy we can’t be effective in the ministry. That is so easy to do in this twenty-first century. We have so many things at vying for our time. For instance, there is social media, an unlimited supply of digital toys we can buy and become addicted to, other worldly dreams we feel compelled to pursue, to name a few.
As ministers of the gospel, our main goal is to be messengers of God to His people. We must never forget that. What manner of honor He has bestowed upon us through entrusting us with the ministry of feeding His flock?
We must maintain diligence to stay focused. It’s so easy for us to allow our work to snowball to the point that we become too busy to be effective in the ministry. God has not called us to be busy but to be effective. By effective, I mean to have Kingdom-impact on the lives of others.
In the early days of the New Testament church, the church grew quickly. With church growth came more challenges. One problem underscored in the Scriptures was that some widows were being neglected in the daily ministry. When this complaint was brought to the attention of the apostles, they said, “It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables” (Acts 6:2).
The apostles were not downplaying the importance of providing help for the widows in the church. They just knew it would be unwise for them to take on this work. They did not want this additional task to distract from their main purpose in life. They responded by appointing seven godly men to address the problem at hand.
“But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word,” the apostles said (Acts 6:4). As ministers of the gospel, we must be committed to studying the Word, prayer, staying attuned to the Holy Spirit—week after week, year after year. It is when we bring that kind of commitment to what God has called us to do that God can bless us to be effective in the ministry.
Perhaps you have not been called to be a preacher or pastor in the strict sense of those offices. But what I say above also applies to other areas of ministry such as Bible teachers, Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, missionaries, praise and worship leaders, etc. Are you too busy to be effective in the ministry?
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