Monday, May 12
Posted: Monday, May 12
1 Samuel 12:1-13:23
Verse of the day:
So Jesus told them, “My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me. Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own. Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies. (John 7:16-18)
The key to fruitful ministry is to be fully dependent upon the Lord for the message. The more we are aware of serving Him and His purposes, the more freely the Holy Spirit can live in and move through us. Jesus' way is the best way, the only way to a blessed life and ministry. We can get prideful in our ministries because we do not rightly understand that it is His ministry; it is Him we represent.
Many individuals are so self-absorbed, they cannot rightly love the things of God. Self is too dominant. Was it not Simon who wanted more of the Spirit of God? In the end, however, we find he had a faulty motivation.
We need to go deeper than looking for power or influence. We must want something more than an awe-inspiring message. If we take our cue from our Lord Jesus, and certainly we must, we will find that He did not preach or teach on His own. He teaches or preaches only when the Father wanted Him to speak. He spoke only what the Father taught Him. He sought to bring glory to the Father by fulfilling His will.
A message from the Lord doesn't come when we are solely dependent upon our own wisdom. Without dependence upon the Lord, our message has its origin in man. Peter and Paul's messages were life changing because the Lord gave them the message. It was God's anointing on them that made such a great difference. The Spirit of God filled them. As a result, the church was greatly blessed and people came to know the Lord.
A successful ministry will have its roots in recognizing nothing good can come from ourselves. We greatly need the Lord. So let’s root our dependence in Him, not in our own abilities; they will carry us only so far, with shallow results.
Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor