Something on My Mind – An Important Lesson of Ministry

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Christian Living, Something On My Mind

While listening to a song by the Gaither Vocal Band, a thought spurred of an important lesson a veteran in ministry taught me. This lesson is foundational to know and understand. It is a lesson I pray I can fully appreciate and effectively apply to whatever ministry God would use me to lead. The lesson can be simplified into one sentence: ministry is about the purpose not the program. Let me explain. The purpose is sharing the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the truth of God’s Word, while the program is the organized, fun and creative vessel in which the purpose is delivered. We must remember, though, not to confine the purpose within the program. If we were to do so, it would be similar to showing someone a box with something life changing in it, but only allowing them to see it in the box and never take it out. They would then only revisit this box each time it was presented. We must share the box, or more so what is it, with the intent of allowing God to change the lives of those we share it with, just as he changed ours. This all kind of sounds like evangelism doesn’t it? I believe that is the point. When we lose sight of that, and have the programs being delivered by the purpose, well, it just doesn’t work quite right.

Andy Catt

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